Good oral hygiene, regular dental cleanings, and professional teeth whitening are the most effective ways to achieve whiter teeth. But did you know that certain foods can also help you whiten your teeth?
Strawberries have a high malic acid concentration, which is commonly found in toothpaste. Malic acid acts as a natural astringent and aids in the removal of tooth surface discoloration. It is important to note that strawberries contain citric acid, which weakens the enamel. Brushing your teeth should be done at least 30 minutes after eating strawberries or other acidic foods.
Carrots, apples, and celery
Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, celery, and carrots, can help to remove plaque and bacteria while also stimulating saliva production and providing good sources of vitamins and minerals.
Leafy greens, such as spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale, contain folic acid (aka B9 vitamin), which is required for cell growth and repair and can help reduce gum inflammation and make teeth more resistant to plaque and bacteria.
When your enamel erodes as a result of acidic and sugary foods, dry mouth, and other factors, the dentin beneath may become exposed, making your teeth appear yellower. Calcium in cheese helps to strengthen tooth enamel and bones. Cheese also contains casein, a type of protein that aids in the repair of tooth enamel. Chewing (cheese) also increases saliva production, which helps to displace bacteria in the mouth and keep it clean. Avoid processed cheeses in favor of aged, soft-ripened, and blue cheeses.