Foods for Keeping Your Teeth Whiter
Some foods are notorious for staining your teeth, but other foods can help keep your teeth white and bright or even help remove minor, superficial stains. Adding a few of these foods to your daily routine may just be enough to keep your smile bright for a long time.
1. Dark chocolate
Finishing a meal with dark chocolate may seem indulgent, but it can actually be good for your dental health. Dark chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that can help make your enamel stronger and less susceptible to stains.
2. Green tea
Green tea is a good source of fluoride, which hardens dental enamel, but it also contains polyphenols, which combat oral bacteria and acids. This can help prevent enamel erosion, which is a common cause of discolored teeth.
Berries are a common source of stains, but strawberries are different. They contain an enzyme called malic acid, which actually helps lighten the color of teeth and bleaches stains.
Cheese is a good source of calcium, which builds stronger teeth, but it also makes your mouth less acidic. The reduced oral acids mean your teeth are stronger, healthier and more resilient against stains. Cheese also contains compounds that act as a buffer between your teeth and staining foods or drinks, such as wine.
5. Apples, pears, nuts and seeds
These foods have properties that can help clean the teeth. The crunchy, abrasive nature of nuts and seeds allow them to mechanically clean teeth. Pears and apples have firm flesh and plentiful juices, which also mechanically clean teeth. Cleaner teeth are less likely to accumulate plaque and other staining substances.
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