There are many foods and drinks that are known to stain your teeth, but avoiding them completely can be difficult. Fortunately, several foods and drinks are known to help combat tooth discoloration and keep your teeth white and bright. Foods can help whiten your smile naturally by removing stains and preventing buildup that can give your teeth a yellowish tint. For more information on the foods and drinks that will not stain your smile, please read on, then contact one of our experienced general dentistry dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ today.
How do the right foods and drinks whiten your teeth?
The right foods and drinks whiten your teeth by increasing saliva flow which will help wash away bacteria that causes plaque, helping to maintain the brightness of your smile. Other foods act as a scrubbing tool that over time can help reduce stains on teeth and some contain enzymes and proteins that can help break down both stains and plaque buildup to enhance your smile.
Which foods whiten your teeth?
While foods alone will likely not reverse severe damage, they can help promote and maintain good oral health and a bright smile. While these foods can help whiten your teeth, that does not mean that you should only eat these foods and avoid everything else. Moderation is key. The following are some foods that can whiten your teeth:
- Apples: Their fibrous properties are great at removing plaque.
- Cauliflower: Raw cauliflower requires a lot of chewing which will cleanse your teeth by removing bacteria and food residue.
- Strawberries: They are packed with a valuable enzyme, malic acid, which works as an astringent for the surface of the teeth.
- Yogurt: They neutralize the pH in your mouth and decrease acidity, keeping your enamel strong and less susceptible to erosion and plaque buildup.
- Citrus fruits: In moderation, their acidity will increase saliva flow which will wash away harmful bacteria and protect enamel.
- Celery/Carrots: Their crunchiness helps scrub and cleanse your teeth of unwanted food particles, discoloration and bacteria.
- Pineapples: They contain an enzyme, bromelain, which can break down proteins that are known to cause stains.
- Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, cashews and other nuts are harder to chew and their natural abrasiveness can help remove stains and plaque.
What foods and drinks should you avoid if you want white teeth?
As previously stated, all foods and drinks are fine in moderation but overindulging in some can lead to dull, discolored teeth. Nowhere is this more true than when you consume the following:
- Candy, sports drinks, soda and some cereals
- Coffee, tea and red wine
- Berries with dark pigments
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a teeth whitening session, reach out to our team.
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