There’s no better feeling than looking in the mirror and seeing a beautiful smile, showcasing gleaming white teeth. Unfortunately, with so many delicious foods and beverages that cause plaque buildup, it can be difficult to maintain that perfect smile. Per the AARP, coffee, tea, red wine and soda can all stain your teeth over time. The good news is, there are plenty of foods you can eat that are delicious and good for your teeth!
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of your diet, and contribute a great deal to your overall health. They contain vitamins and minerals that usually don’t naturally occur in other food groups which can strengthen your bones, balance your sleep schedule and even help to stabilize your mood. Fortunately, there are some fruits and vegetables that’ll get your teeth back to the pearly whites that you know and love.
Strawberries contain an enzyme named malic acid, which is a natural teeth whitener. To help fight tooth stains, simply mash up some strawberries until they are pulpy, and then use a toothbrush and watch the stain fighting magic happen! Make sure to follow up with some water or non-acidic mouthwash to make sure the acidity does not hurt your enamel.
If strawberries aren’t your cup of tea, you can also try pineapples, carrots, celery, and oranges. All of these foods increase the production of saliva, which is the self-cleaning agent in your mouth responsible for fighting bacteria. Next time you’re cutting up fruits and veggies, try throwing some of these into the mix
Did you know that some of your favorite dairy products can also serve to whiten your teeth? Well, if you’re a cheese lover, try eating some hard cheeses! Cheese, and hard cheese in particular, have proteins that bind to your teeth and can help to protect your enamel and help prevent tooth decay.
Yogurt is a great way to protect your teeth as well. In fact, a study found that children who ate yogurt four times a week had less tooth decay than those who did not eat yogurt. Not only does yogurt contain protein and calcium that’s good for you and your child, it can revive that radiant smile too!
Of course, none of these foods can replace properly brushing your teeth. However, keep in mind that what is in your toothpaste is just as important as what is on your plate! Studies found that toothpaste with baking soda is effective at fighting stains on your teeth.
At the end of the day, it is extremely important to see your dental care professional in addition to these home remedies.
Do you have any questions about keeping your teeth clean or your oral health? Call Westermeier Martin Dental Care at 716-508-4547 today to schedule an appointment with your dentist!