If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s a dazzling white smile. An incredible 45 million Americans (about 14% of the population) have gotten professional whitening treatments from their dentists, and countless more have used over-the-counter options to make their teeth even one shade brighter. This simple treatment can improve your smile and give you more confidence in just a few hours!
Most of us know that certain foods and beverages (like coffee and red wine) can stain your smile. But did you know that many foods can actually help you maintain those pearly whites? Here are a few foods that can help keep your teeth stain-free.
You might have heard people refer to apples as “nature’s toothbrush.” The fibrous nature of this fruit helps scrub your teeth and massage the gums, essentially cleaning your mouth as you chew! Of course, an apple is no substitute for a REAL toothbrush, but it can help scrub away stains before they settle onto your tooth enamel. Apples also contain a high concentration of malic acid. This acid (which is also in many kinds of toothpaste) increases your saliva levels, which can help remove plaque and food particles from your mouth. Clearly, an apple a day does more than keeping the doctor away – it also keeps your smile bright!
Like apples, broccoli is quite fibrous. As you chew a piece of crisp, raw broccoli, the fibrous scrub your teeth and remove stains before your tooth enamel absorbs them. This helps prevent new stains and keeps your teeth sparkling clean.
The high iron levels in broccoli can also help keep your teeth looking their best. Iron-rich foods help build up a “protective wall” around your tooth enamel. This wall keeps acids from settling on your teeth, which helps prevent stains and enamel erosion.
If you want your smile to be beautiful and bright, you need to take care to protect your tooth enamel. Luckily, there’s one way to do this that we think you’ll love: eat lots of cheese! The calcium and phosphorus in your favorite cheeses will help protect your enamel and keep stains from forming.
This choice may seem counterintuitive. After all, raisins are both sticky and sweet – two big no-nos in the world of dentistry. However, raisins are chocked full of natural sugars, making them a healthier alternative to sugary snacks. They also help stimulate saliva as you eat them, which can help neutralize acids in your mouth and remove stain-causing particles.
Everyone knows that you should be drinking water regularly. It’s good for… well, basically everything; your skin, your muscles, and even your brain all benefit from having an extra dose of H2O! Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that water is also critical for a healthy, clean, and bright smile.
Water does two things for your teeth. Firstly, it helps remove plaque, particles, and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Every time you take a sip, you are rinsing your mouth clean and protecting those chompers! Secondly, regular hydration helps stimulate saliva development – which, as we’ve already talked about, helps remove stain-causing bacteria from your teeth.
Keep Your Smile Bright at TruBlu Dentistry
If you incorporate these foods into your diet, you’ll be able to protect your teeth and prevent new stains from tarnishing your smile. However, it’s important to remember that these foods are not a substitute for excellent dental hygiene! It’s still important to brush and floss every day if you want to keep your teeth REALLY white.
The TruBlu Dentistry team is here to help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment!
Please keep in mind that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are not currently taking appointments for non-emergency care.