Can the Food You Eat Whiten Your Teeth?

older-woman-appleIt might sound like some sort of hoax to think that you can bite into a certain fruit or drink a certain drink and get whiter and brighter teeth. However, by eating and drinking the following, you can help to rid your teeth of stains and create a brighter smile without all of the added whitening chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and fluoride.


  1. Apples

Apples are one of the best and most natural ways to whiten your teeth. When thinking of eating an apple, think of the apple as a naturally acting toothbrush. Every time you bite into the apple, you are ridding your teeth of excess tartar and plaque that has built up throughout the day. Plus, the juicyness of the fruit encourages saliva production which also acts as a whitening mechanism.


  1. Water

Water is good for every part of your body, including whitening your teeth. Similar to the way in which apples work to encourage saliva production, water has the same effect on your mouth— which leaves you with a cleaner and whiter looking smile. Simply drink water with your meals and after your meals in order to obtain the best results. The sooner you rid your teeth of plaque and germs, the faster you will notice a whiter smile.


  1. Strawberries

You might not think that this bright red and seed filled fruit would be good for your teeth, but you would be wrong. Strawberries are an excellent natural way to whiten your teeth without the added chemicals. And even those pesky seeds can help to scrub away any stain causing plaque or build-up. Plus the acidic nature of strawberries help to eat away at any of the bacteria that might be left on the top of your teeth.


If you want whiter teeth but are interested in a more natural approach, try these three options and see if you notice results. Remember that whitening takes time and so you should give these techniques at least 2-4 weeks before making your conclusion on their effectivity.


To learn more about dental whitening, contact our office today!

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