Dentists will frequently tell you that if your mouth doesn’t feel clean or your breath isn’t the best, just grab an apple. The act of biting and chewing on this crunchy fruit gently scrubs away debris, stains, and bacteria in your mouth . Apples also have a high concentration of malic acid, which is used in many brands of toothpaste and causes your mouth to have that clean “feel.”
Coarse, crunchy vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower have whitening benefits when you eat them raw. They’re difficult to chew, so as you grind them up, the veggies strip superficial stains off of the surface of your teeth. And the longer you chew, the more saliva the mouth produces, which helps to break down the real tough stains.
Pineapple is the only food that naturally contains bromelain – which is an effective ingredient used in stain-removing toothpaste. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it supports healthy gums as well.
Like apples, strawberries also contain malic acid. But they have the added benefit of ellagitannins- which is a fancy title for antioxidants that can help reduce stain-attracting bacteria and inflammation in your mouth. One of the best ways to use strawberries is by first smashing them up, then mixing the mashed berries with baking soda to form a whitening paste, and brushing the paste onto your teeth.
- Cheese and Yogurt
Similar to broccoli, dairy products like cheese and yogurt cause your mouth to produce excess saliva, which helps to break down stains on enamel. However, unlike broccoli, cheese has an additional whitening effect because it contains lactic acid and helps to dissolve superficial stains on the surface of your teeth.
By consuming these foods on a regular basis, you will not only whiten your smile, but improve the overall health of your mouth and gums. We recommend this method to obtain healthier, whiter teeth from the inside out to all of our patients, regardless of whether or not they would like to book an in-house whitening treatment.
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