Foods to Whiten Your Teeth

February 24, 20148219628513_cd3fae61a1_n

We all crave that bright, white, movie star smile. Unfortunately, as a society, we also crave coffee, red wine, tea, and cigarettes. There are plenty of teeth-bleaching kits that provide the promise of pearly whites, but at what cost? The kits are full of chemicals which can rip away at the enamel of your teeth and the side effects of some of those ingredients can lead to cancer. Instead, why not try the natural route which will not only shine up your smile but also provide you with overall dental health.

Foods to whiten your teeth:

Skitaki Mushrooms:
These marvelous tasting mushrooms are not only great in Asian cuisine; they also contain a sugar called lentinan which stops bacteria from growing in your mouth and prevents plaque.

These berries may be the most potent food for obtaining a white smile. Strawberries contain malic acid which helps naturally remove discolorations from teeth.

Onions contain sulfur compounds which reduce the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Be sure to eat them raw (possibly in salads) to ensure you receive the proper benefits…just be sure you don’t have a date that night!4780318445_1ac676651f_n

Carrots are beneficial for your health in a multitude of ways but as far as your teeth go, these crunchy veggies can’t be beat. To have rabbit-strong teeth, munch on these orange snacks to help stimulate saliva and wash away debris. Celery and apples also have this effect.

Pears are great for neutralizing mouth odor and also have the effect of stimulating saliva.

Banana Peels:
Rubbing the peel of a banana along your teeth can be a quick way to remove surface stains.

Baking Soda:
Baking soda is one of the most naturally effective ways to achieve a sparkling smile. This form of salt can work wonders when combined with apple cider vinegar. It acts as an abrasive paste which scrubs off stains.

Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which acts as a natural stain remover and helps break up plaque.

Next time you hit the store, instead of adding a teeth whitening kit to your cart, reach for some of these natural foods to achieve a shiny smile!

-Monica Bologna

Photo Credit: Flickr/orofacial, Manchester-Monkey

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