Top 5 Foods for Natural Teeth Whitening

Posted by Ousama El-Hillal | September 8, 2015

Most people struggle to keep their teeth pearly white and healthy, a task made even harder thanks to acidic drinks and foods we regularly consume that yellow and stain the teeth. While keeping your teeth naturally white seems to be close to impossible and most people usually opt for often expensive, artificial methods, you can actually whiten your teeth by eating certain foods including the following.

1. Apples
It’s the crispiness of apples that help whiten teeth and they also strengthen the gums. In addition, apples are high in water content which also increases the production of saliva, aiding in dispersing and nullifying of bacteria that cause plaque and bad breath. It’s a little known fact that apples also contain malic acid, a natural whitening agent, which is an ingredient in most teeth whitening products including toothpaste.

2. Carrots
Carrots serve multiple purposes when it comes to improving dental health. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, essential in sustaining healthy tooth enamel. Carrots are also high in water content and, similar to apples, stimulates saliva production, the mouthís all natural cleaner, washing away food particles and fortifying the gums. The crunchiness of carrots also helps scrub the teeth clean, safeguarding against bacteria build-up. In other words, carrots, like apples, serve as an effective natural toothbrush.

3. Strawberries
Despite their sweet, wonderful taste and bright red color, strawberries are another source of malic acid which acts as an astringent, efficiently removing staining from the teethís surface with the added benefit of ellagitannins, which are rich in antioxidant properties. A great whitening test to try is to mash up some strawberries and rub them on your teeth. Next, wait around 5 minutes and rinse out your mouth with water. After a few tries you’ll notice that your teeth are definitely whiter.

4. Cheese
Cheese is rich in protein, phosphorus and calcium and can help fight destructive acid in the mouth. In addition, the phosphorus and calcium can help in the re-mineralization and the repair of the teeth and enamel, meaning less discoloration. Because dairy products are known to contain lactic acid, cheese can also help prevent tooth decay. When you eat hard cheeses, they’ll also act as an all natural scrub for your teeth, another advantage.

5. Broccoli
The main reasons for enamel breakdown are acidic foods and other acids. Broccoli, a vegetable that is loaded with iron, supports the development of an acid resistant barrier or film that protects tooth enamel, preventing cavities as well as stains. In addition, thanks to the high fiber content in broccoli, eating lots of this hearty vegetable also helps decrease oral inflammation. Just like carrots, the crunchy, crisp texture of broccoli also makes it an highly effective, natural toothbrush.

You’ll find that most of the foods that are good for you are also great for your teeth. By following a nutritionally rich food plan, including the choices listed here, you’ll ensure your overall health and enjoy the added bonus of healthy, pearly white teeth.

Ousama El-Hillal
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics, Your Peoria Orthodontist with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.

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