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Dr. Gregory Kivett

Can You Eat Your Way to Whiter Teeth?

Black Lady with beautiful white teeth and smile

According to an article in the Daily Mail, white teeth can be obtained by eating certain foods. You probably have heard about avoiding things that stain your teeth such as red wine and coffee. But the article also highlights foods that can help clean your teeth as well.

So what is the key to a white teeth diet? The article highlights three important factors, “chewing, saliva and staining.” So what foods should you be eating?

Chewing:

Crunchy foods such as apples, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, and celery are highlighted in the article as good food choices because chewing them will help clean teeth like a toothbrush. Hard cheeses are also a good food to help clean your teeth of small bits of food. Less food particles means less food for plaque causing bacteria.

Saliva:

Saliva can help you maintain clean teeth. The article highlights citrus fruits that will stimulate your saliva and wash your teeth. Be careful though because these fruits will weaken your enamel. Strawberries are also a great way to stimulate saliva according to the article because they contain the enzyme malic acid which promotes saliva production. Don’t forget to drink water too, your body will not create as much saliva if you are dehydrated.

Stains:

Tea, coffee and soda are all well-known staining agents. Certain fruits can stain as well such as blackberries and pomegranates. The article offered a simple test for fruit staining, if it will stain your shirt it will stain your teeth. With regards to white vs red wine, the article states that tannins in white win will still stain your teeth.

The article also offers some other foods that can help keep white teeth because they prevent tooth decay and gum inflammation. High fiber vegetables such as broccoli can help reduce inflammation of the gums. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory. Calcium can help keep your teeth white so milk and yogurt can be helpful to keeping white teeth as well.

White teeth have been valued as early as the ancient Egyptians. To get the white teeth they desired they tried a paste of ground pumice stone with vinegar. Today we have much better options from Zoom! Whitening to various other whitening gels and strips. You are probably not going to go out and have a diet consisting only of citrus fruits, apples, hard cheese and pineapple but you can still try adding some of these foods to your diet more regularly. You can also try cutting down on staining food and drinks. Then, if you still do not have the pearly whites you desire, talk to your dentist about teeth whitening options.

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