Foods to Eat for Whiter Teeth

dental-Many understand that they can improve their first impressions by improving their smile. For some, the best step is to whiten their teeth. There are several options for people looking to brighten their smile. From costly dentist administered whitenings to something as simple as toothpaste, there is an option for every budget. Those that want quicker or more thorough results may decide on cosmetic surgery. However, as far as tooth whitening goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. People can go far to maintain a healthy-looking smile by watching what they eat. Following are some types of foods and their effect a white smile:

Scratch Off the List – The T-Shirt Test

People interested in preserving their smile can start by making sure they do not eat foods that stain the teeth. Essentially, anything that will stain a white T-shirt will stain tooth enamel as well. The following produce significant staining and are items that people may consider removing from their diet:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Dark soda
  • Fruit juice

Effects from these foods progress slowly, and become noticeable as a person becomes older, and can be difficult to remedy.

foodKeeping Eating, But Carefully

Some foods that stain teeth are still very healthy. People can still eat these foods, but take care to brush their teeth and rinse their mouths immediately after consumption. These include:

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Beets

For these foods, the nutrition and the staining factor go together. People should not stop eating these healthy foods, but should be aware that the food cannot be left on the teeth for any period of time.

Another set of foods should not be left behind because of their disease-preventing antioxidant properties.  These include:

  • Red wine
  • Cranberry juice
  • Grape juice

These foods are an important part of any diet. However, a person should rinse their mouths thoroughly after each time they drink.

Finally, a set of drinks that is popular with sports enthusiasts can also harm the smile. These include:

  • Energy drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Bottled Lemonade

Sportspersons love to sip on these drinks as they work out. However, the long term exposure will stain the teeth. A better method to keep a white smile is to take a drink all at once, and rinse right afterwards.

healthy-food

Add These Foods to Your Diet

Particular types of food actually improve teeth whiteness. One group stimulates saliva, triggering the body’s natural method for washing away food debris in the mouth. This group includes:

  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots

Natural Whiteners

Before purchasing whitening strips from the pharmacy, people can take advantage of a natural whitener right in the refrigerator: lemon juice. People can mix a teaspoon of juice with a pinch of salt or a little bit of baking soda, and rub the mixture directly on the teeth. Hardy eaters can eat a lemon, but only in moderation as the citric acid can wear on enamel.

Oranges are also natural tooth whiteners. Not sure what to do with the discarded orange peel? Try rubbing it directly on the teeth. Some rub their teeth with a mixture of orange peel and crushed bay leaves.

Strawberries are also an effective and tasty tooth whitener. Polishing teeth with strawberries initially turns them red, but after rinsing, leaves them whiter. Some rub with a mixture of strawberries and baking soda.

“It’s Good for You”

And finally, do not forget your milk. As the commercials say, the calcium in milk is a strong foundation for building healthy, white teeth.