While regular brushing and flossing is the most effective deterrent to tooth decay and gum disease, there are foods that help maintain good oral health as well as whiten your teeth naturally.
Malic acid naturally occurs in apples and strawberries. It is effective in removing stains from the teeth, and it also whitens enamel. Strawberries contain ellagitannins which are antioxidants that are remarkable in their ability to reduce stain-attracting bacteria and inflammation of the mouth.
Food with high water content like celery, carrots, apples, and pears increases the production of saliva which washes away harmful bacteria in the mouth. Pears can neutralize odor-causing bacteria on the teeth responsible for bad breath.
Bromelain which is an active ingredient in stain-removing toothpaste is naturally found in Pineapple. The compound has anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties as well as efficient in removing surface stains from your teeth.
Food like broccoli, apple, seeds, and nuts have an abrasive texture. This characteristic makes them act like a natural brush. While chewing, they scrub your teeth naturally removing bacteria and plaque. These foods should be eaten in the afternoon for a brief midday brush and shine. Again, broccoli is rich in fiber and iron which reduces the risk of inflammation developing in the mouth and protects against enamel-degrading acids made by bacteria.
Dairy products like cheese and milk are chock-full of calcium. Calcium is the main component of teeth and bones. Along with other minerals contained in dairy products, calcium protects and maintains tooth enamel from erosion and decay. Furthermore, a glass of milk will not stain your teeth, unlike coffee or beet.
To naturally maintain a great white smile and good oral health, make a conscious switch from teeth-damaging food to the healthier options outlined above.