Five Foods That Can Whiten Your Teeth

Five Foods That Can Whiten Your Teeth

The color of your teeth can be affected by so many different factors that wear away the outer layer of their enamel and make them appear yellow. Most people desire whiter teeth because they can make a person feel more beautiful and confident. However, not everyone has the money or the luxury to get them whitened professionally.

Fortunately, there are a lot of reasonably priced teeth whitening products on the market now that you can use in the comfort of your home.  The downside is that many of them contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your gums and teeth.

Here are several foods that can bring you a whiter smile naturally:

  1. Carrots. Chewing crunchy raw carrots can force you to chew more compared to chewing softer food. This stimulates your saliva production that neutralizes the acids and enzymes in your mouth that threaten your enamel.
  2. Pineapples. Research shows that the enzyme bromelain found in pineapples acts as a natural stain remover. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can erode the enamel of your teeth. This enzyme helps break up plaque and the accumulated sticky film of bacteria on your teeth.
  3. Strawberries. A chief component of strawberries is malic acid, which acts as a natural astringent that can remove surface tooth discoloration. The ascorbic acid in the fruit can also have a slight brightening effect and its polyphenols can suppress bacteria growth. Brush your teeth after consuming the fruit, though, just like you should after consuming any other acidic or sweet food.
  4. Basil. It is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth. It has essential oils, rosmarinic acid, and linalool that prevent bacteria growth in the mouth.
  5. Seeds and nuts. They rub plaque and stains off the surface of teeth since they are lightly abrasive and hard.

You can also avoid certain foods and beverages that are known to leave stains on your teeth. These include coffee, tea, colas, and wine. You can either cut down your intake of these beverages or at least rinse your mouth with water afterward to flush away their colored pigments.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA 22101
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