We all know the standard answers for what we should avoid if we want white teeth: coffee, wine, anything extra sugary. But if you want to make the most of your pearly whites, dental health is key. Keep your brushing and flossing up. But we’ve got to eat, right? We have some good food suggestions for you to have whiter teeth:
Milk and cheese have vitamins that enhance your dental health, such as calcium and protein. Certain foods increase your saliva production, which is what cleans your teeth and removes food particles: these are some of those foods.
These big red berries that are reminiscent of Summer have something called malic acid inside of them. This acid is an enzyme that can whiten your teeth. While some may recommend that you crush some and spread the paste on your teeth, biting into a big, juicy strawberry sounds much more delicious.
Not only are almonds a healthy snack, but the ridged edges of nuts rub against your teeth as you chew. This motion helps remove plaque and other stain-causing substances, so munch away on a handful of nuts for whiter teeth.
These crunchy orange vegetables are known primarily for their positive benefits for your eyesight, but they are a multitalented snack! Every crunch you take removes some plaque, and increases your production of saliva. Carrots also kill bad breath bacteria, so there’s no reason to not add them to your snack list.
Speaking of that crunch, any crunchy fruit or veggie is likely going to be better for your teeth. Apples, for example, increase saliva production with the water inside of them, and their crisp skin glides along your teeth, cleaning them naturally of stain-inducing germs.
While, yes, too much acid is not good for your teeth, citrus fruit increases saliva in your mouth and washes away those bad germs, giving you fresher breath as well.
Cocoa is a good fighter against inflammation of the gums and erosion of the teeth—two things that cause teeth to be less than blindingly white. While it is better to stick to darker chocolate, which is lower in sugar, cocoa in food seems to have a positive (or at least less harmful) effect on tooth color.
While you wouldn’t want to eat straight baking soda, brushing with it from time to time is good for your teeth (that is why you find it as an active ingredient in so many toothpastes).
There you have it! Want whiter teeth? Add these foods to your diet and you’ll be well on your way. In addition to these diet changes, be sure to regularly brush and floss, and call a Kirkland dentist, such as Dr. Louis K. Cheung, for regular dental cleanings.