What to Eat for Whiter Teeth

Eating and drinking tips for a healthy smile

If a smile can light up a room, then you should make sure your smile is as bright as it can possibly be. Going to the dentist for various teeth whitening treatments can certainly be a positive approach, but do you know what to eat for whiter teeth? Everything we choose to eat or drink can have an impact on how white our teeth will stay. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends the following home remedies for a whiter smile and healthier teeth and gums.

The White Smile Diet

The White Smile Diet consists of what are commonly referred to as “crunch” foods. These include such items as apples, pears, celery, carrots and cucumbers. Eating these particular foods helps in the production of saliva. Combine that with the rich fiber found in these foods, and you’ve created an effective and natural bacteria scrub to help whiten your teeth. You can also consider chewing gum to create saliva, but there won’t be any fiber benefits.

Citrus

Another powerful source for insuring that you have whiter teeth by creating a much-needed saliva scrub is by eating types of citrus that can be found in fresh fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons.

Yogurt, milk and cheese

You've always been told to “drink your milk,” and there’s a good reason for that. Dairy products contain lactic acid, which helps prevent gum disease and that in turn protects the teeth. Additionally, these foods are rich in Vitamin D and calcium, which also support healthy teeth. And healthy teeth equal whiter teeth.

Water with fluoride

In addition to knowing what to eat for whiter teeth, you should also know what to drink for whiter teeth. Water that is enriched with fluoride washes away food particles left behind from eating. This simple act of “washing away” can help prevent harmful bacteria from sticking around your teeth and gums and dulling your smile.

Avoid stains

There are also many foods and drinks you should try to avoid, especially if you are striving for whiter teeth. A general rule of thumb to follow is: If it can stain a white T-shirt, it can stain your teeth. This includes coffee, tea, sodas, wine and any foods with concentrated colors. This doesn’t mean cutting these foods out of your diet completely, but be aware that brushing afterwards can go a long way toward helping your teeth stay white.

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