Some foods can seriously harm your teeth…
…they can turn a beautiful white smile into a grossly dark sight.
Coffee, tea, and red wine are common stain offenders. But it’s not all bad news. There are also foods that can help get your teeth whiter.
What are they?
Here are 7 of the best foods to brighten your smile:
Strawberries may stain your shirt, but are great for your teeth. The red fruit contains malic acid, which removes surface stains and discolorations. The berries’ texture also helps to polish your enamel, making it smoother and whiter, while its antioxidant properties help to prevent gum infections.
Your mom was right – Drink milk and you’ll be big and strong. But she forgot 1 thing: It will strengthen your teeth as well.
Milk is loaded with calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous, which help make tooth enamel stronger and whiter. It also promotes saliva secretion to help balance your mouth’s pH level and fight against bacteria.
Eating cheese with your meal can help fight cavities. Like milk, it contains calcium, phosphate and also casein, which help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Not like many vegetables, broccoli rarely gets stuck in teeth, so won’t cause staining. It contains fiber and iron, which help to reduce inflammation and protect your teeth against bacteria that can cause cavities.
Tip: The best way to eat broccoli is raw. The florets (the flowery part) will polish and clean your teeth while you chew.
Chewing this hard fruit will keep your choppers in tip-top shape. The apple’s crispy texture scrubs your teeth and gums, while its high malic acid content helps to remove stains while increasing saliva production
Remember, an apple a day keeps the cavities away.
Carrots are a fantastic natural teeth cleaner. Similar to apples, its crunchy abrasive texture polishes teeth and removes surface stains. Carrots also encourage saliva production to protect teeth against cavity-causing bacteria.
Don’t be fooled by its small wrinkly appearance. Research shows that bran cereals with raisins are more effective at cleaning the mouth than the same cereal without raisins.
Like many of the other foods on this list, munching on raisins promotes saliva production, which helps fight stains and plaque.