Whitening Your Teeth
Based on a 2011 survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is the number one most requested cosmetic dentist service and the number of people wanting whiter teeth continues to rise. Patients seek in-home services as well as in-office procedures to obtain the white smile they’ve always wanted. But is there an easier way? Probably not, if you’re looking for major results, but if you’re looking for a simple solution, or if you want your professional whitening to last longer, there are some foods that fight stains which can be added to your diet for whiter teeth.
The right diet can be a powerful tool towards naturally whiter teeth. There are certain foods out there that have a ‘toothbrush’ effect as they gently scrub the teeth and get saliva flowing through the mouth. Crunch fruits and vegetables such as apples, fresh green beans, carrots, celery and cauliflower are some examples of foods that can naturally clean your teeth. The flow of saliva is crucial in oral health as it washes away debris and can keep bacteria from forming in the crevices of our mouth.
The article “Teeth Whitening Can Come From What You Nosh On” by The Coloradoan says strawberries and oranges actually work to polish the teeth. Strawberries specifically contain an important enzyme called malic acid which can encourage whiter teeth. Cheese, yogurt and milk have lactic acid which can prevent tooth decay while harder cheeses also gently scrub the teeth. Most of us are aware of the foods that can contribute to stains such as wine, blueberries, soy sauce, tea, coffee and sodas, so keep these foods to a minimum if you are prioritizing whiter teeth.