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Foods That Whiten Teeth
Posted on 12/19/2017

Foods That Whiten Teeth

You're probably all too familiar with the foods and drinks that are notorious for making your smile look a little less white than it used to be. Coffee, wine, dark berries, and soda can all have pigment that can penetrate your teeth and leave visible stains. While it may be a pain to avoid or limit all of these foods, did you know that there are foods out there that can whiten your smile naturally? At UC Smiles Orthodontics, it's our goal to make sure you keep that smile of yours healthy and radiant, so if you're worried about having stained or discolored teeth, try working some of these foods into your daily diet.

Apples

Whether you prefer green, red, or any of the other varieties, apples are great way to keep your mouth sparkly clean. While there's nothing in apples that will lift existing stains, eating them increases our body's production of saliva. Since saliva is our body's natural method of washing away food particles and bacteria, this boosted rate of saliva will help clean our mouth more than normal. Just be careful with apples, especially if you're wearing braces, since the force of biting into a crisp apple is enough to dislodge brackets and bend wires!

Broccoli

Broccoli is high in iron, which can coat our tooth enamel and protect it from damage caused by bacteria and acid, while also preventing stains. While some claim that broccoli can actually scrub your teeth while you eat it thanks to its brush-like shape, you're more likely to get some broccoli stuck in your teeth and braces, so make sure you stick to your normal brushing routine!

Cheese, Milk & Yogurt

If you love your dairy products, you're in luck. Cheese, milk, and yogurt are all rich in both calcium and lactic acid, which help strengthen and whiten our teeth. Casein, which is a milk-protein that can also be found in these dairy products, can help reduce the amount of minerals lost in our tooth enamel through decay.

Pears & Orange

The flesh of these juicy fruits actually neutralize acid in the mouth, preventing damage and decay to the teeth and helping keep teeth more vibrant. Similar to the situation with apples, be careful before biting into a pear, since you can easily dislodge a bracket or bend the archwire of your braces. Make sure that you cut up the fruit into bite sized portions just to be safe, and you can still enjoy the benefits of helping your smile look wonderfully white.

Water

While this is less of a food and more of a daily necessity, a glass of water can work wonders for keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth sparkly white. Just like how our saliva washes away bacteria and food particles, gulping down some water will do the same. As an added benefit, your city's water supply likely has some fluoride in it, which provides our teeth with essential minerals that have been lost due to decay, and makes them stronger to protect against future damage.

Contact Us for More Helpful Smile Tips!

If you have any questions about the foods mentioned here and how they can help keep your smile whiter, just contact us and we'll be more than happy to help you! Just remember that nothing substitutes a good oral hygiene routine and going to your regular appointments with your dentist and orthodontist! With the UC Smiles Orthodontics team at your side, you can make sure that your smile stays healthy and bright for years to come!