Did you know you can whiten your teeth with the food choices you make? The US has taken a liking to cosmetic dentistry, and teeth whitening is the number one requested cosmetic service by far in America. Teeth whitening is available either as an over the counter product at the drug store or in a dentist’s office with a teeth whitening procedure. Typically the in-office procedure is best and longer lasting.
One’s diet is actually a cheaper way to whiten teeth, and is a natural approach. Foods such as cauliflower, carrots, celery, apples, fresh green beans, and other crunchy vegetables and fruits help whiten one’s teeth with gentle scrubbing. Foods such as crudités, which are sliced, raw, fresh vegetables are a great snack for one’s body and teeth. They are low in calories and massage one’s gums, so in addition to whitening they help keep gum tissues healthy.
Another bonus is saliva flow increases, which is a great protector of oral health. Fruits such as oranges and strawberries also can polish up one’s teeth nicely. There is an enzyme known as malic acid in strawberries, which helps to whiten teeth. Shifting into the cheeses, they contain a certain type of lactic acid which acts to ward off tooth decay. If the cheese is a hard variety, it may scrub teeth as well.
Of course along with those foods that help whiten your teeth and make them glisten, there is a list of foods that aren’t so great when it comes to your teeth. Alcohol is typically not acidic and staining, but it is the beverages it is mixed with such as orange juice, cranberry juice, or lime juice that may promote teeth staining. Surprisingly, white wine promotes teeth staining due to the acids and tannins that can etch the surfaces of teeth.
Sodas and sports drinks have lots of acids that are stain promoting. Most people are unwilling to forsake these types of foods that may stain. So what to do? Well one can drink a lot of water with meals along with drinking some afterwards to swish around and swallow. It can dilute the staining activity. Another method of cleaning teeth that works well is gum that is sugar free. Between meals it can help with saliva formation and dilution of any stain promotion. There is an artificial sweetener in a lot of sugar free gum now that is very good at preventing tooth decay. It is called Xylitol.