According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there are several foods that can naturally cleanse and brighten your teeth, while also defending against bad bacteria that could potentially harm your teeth or gums. If you’d like to achieve a healthier and whiter smile, try munching on these healthy foods:
Apples. Apples acts as a natural abrasive that can scrub away leftover food particles and stains. Apples contain a high concentration of malic acid, which is natural astringent that acts as a bleaching agent to whiten teeth.
Broccoli. When eaten raw, broccoli acts as natural abrasive that can scrub away leftover food particles and stains. Think of it like a natural toothbrush. Broccoli is high in fiber, great for preventing gum disease.
Celery. Veggies are low in calories and high in water content, which can help stimulate saliva production. Saliva is our mouths way of natural cleansing. And like broccoli, celery is like a form of floss.
Cheese. Cheese is rich in calcium and phosphorus, which helps provide your teeth with necessary nutrition to keep your enamel healthy and strong.
Garlic and onions. Eating both garlic and onions raw releases a bacteria-reducing compound called thiosulfinate, which promotes healthier teeth by reducing the production of plaque.
Pineapple. Pineapple contains bromelain, a natural stain remover that can help remove plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth, while also preventing tooth erosion and cavities from forming.
Strawberries. Like apples, strawberries contain malic acid and vitamin C, which can also aid in plaque removal.
If you would like to find out more about teeth whitening foods, contact Dr. Bartz in Oak Lawn, IL at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for additional information.
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