May 21, 2019
Whether you’re going on a job interview or a date, a bright, white smile is key for a good first impression. Unfortunately, a lifetime of drinking coffee and soda can leave your teeth looking a bit duller than you’d like. Of course, you could always go to your dentist for a professional teeth whitening, but there’s a natural solution as well. Some foods can even enhance your smile over time! If that’s your goal, here are just a few things you may want to make sure you pick up at the grocery store this week.
Strawberries are filled with malic acid, which can help remove surface discoloration from your teeth. They’re also a source of vitamin C, which aids in the removal of plaque.
Not only do apples also contain malic acid, but the act of biting and chewing can help scrub debris, stains, and bacteria from your mouth. They also increase the production of saliva, which helps clean the mouth naturally.
Carrots and Celery
Like with apples, the act of chewing these crunchy vegetables can help clean the teeth. They also increase saliva production. As a bonus, carrots contain vitamin A, which can help strengthen tooth enamel.
Oranges and Pineapples
Oranges and pineapples produce an enzyme called bromelain that removes stains and helps break up plaque. The tart flavor is also another way to encourage salivation.
Interestingly, baking soda is a common ingredient in many kinds of toothpaste. One common teeth whitening method is to mix baking soda with mashed-up strawberries; put the mixture on your teeth, wait for five minutes, then rinse with water and brush and floss like normal. You can do this once a week (but not too often, as this can actually damage the teeth).
The calcium and protein in cheese can help strengthen your teeth and gums. Hard cheeses can assist in removing food particles, and since many types of cheese are colorless, they won’t stain.
One study in the medical journal Dentistry found that children who ate yogurt four times a week suffered less tooth decay than children who didn’t. Like cheese, yogurt is filled with calcium and proteins that promote stronger teeth.
Surprisingly, staying hydrated can be good for your teeth as well. Swishing water in your mouth can help decrease staining from other foods and drinks, and it can also reduce your mouth’s acidity to make tooth decay less likely.
Foods to Avoid
Of course, not all foods are so helpful when it comes to whiter teeth. There are many foods and drinks that can cause staining, including:
• Red wine
• Fruit juice
• Tomato sauce
When selecting foods for a whiter smile, remember that how often you eat certain foods will affect how strongly they affect your teeth. Make tooth-friendly foods a regular part of your diet, and try to rinse with water whenever you consume something likely to leave stains. Be sure to talk with your dentist about the best teeth whitening plan for you.
About the Practice
At the Ryan Dental Group, the husband and wife team of Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan are committed to using research-based methods and technologies, such as digital X-rays, to help serve their patients. Dr. Michael has special training in prosthodontics, and Dr. Laura is currently studying to obtain a fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry. For questions about whiter teeth, visit the practice’s website or call (972) 727-5001.