When talking about teeth whitening, everyone mentions the foods that you shouldn’t be eating.
Wines, rich sauces, acidic fruits… you’ve probably heard them all. As bad as they are for causing stains to develop on the teeth, in moderation, they are completely fine.
BUT, did you know that here are also foods out there that actually help the teeth to appear whiter? We thought we’d share some of our favourites with you!
Okay so you probably already guessed this one. For many years, dentists have been encouraging the consumptions of this seemingly unsuspecting fruit but it’s true, eating an apple every day is a brilliant habit to get into. Not only is it a healthy snack, its crunchy properties mean that chewing on an apple acts as a cleaning process for the teeth. This is because the texture of the apple lightly scrubs away at the surface of the tooth and helps to remove particles from the teeth leaving them instantly brighter and whiter looking.
While cheese isn’t necessarily healthy, it does contain lactic acid and calcium. Two very important properties that can help to strengthen and slightly whiten teeth. If you’re not a fan of eating cheese then other dairy products such as yoghurt and milk can have the same effects.
Strawberries contain malic acid which can help to remove surface stains on the teeth.
This yummy fruit also contains antioxidants that can help reduce stain-attracting bacteria and inflammation in your mouth. Strawberries however, are slightly acidic and therefore should be eaten in moderation as to not damage the enamel of the teeth.
Pineapple can work wonders for oral health. Not only is it a natural antibiotic that can soothe sore gums and sore throats, it also contains a chemical called Bromelain. Bromelain is a group of enzymes that work together to strengthen teeth and bones. It also has brilliant cleaning properties that help to fight tough stains on teeth.
Celery has brilliant cleaning properties. The cells of celery are fibrous as therefore act as natural bristles for cleaning teeth. In addition to this, celery has a high water content which encourages saliva production. Saliva is the body’s natural cleanser for the mouth so the more produced, the more the mouth is cleaned.
Of course, eating these foods will not have as profound an effect on the whiteness of your teeth as teeth whitening treatments would but they can help them look naturally brighter and they all taste pretty good too! Alongside an in-depth oral hygiene routine, these foods can also help to maintain whitened teeth that have been treated by a dentist.
If you’re considering professional whitening, we can help you find the perfect practice. Our website allows you to find a dentist in your area that offers teeth whitening treatments. Simply search your location, tick ‘teeth whitening’ on the left hand side checklist and browse your options. Read reviews from previous patients, take a look at the clinics and their teams and pick the one that appeals to you the most!