5 Foods that Naturally Whiten and Brighten Teeth

Want to make that smile sparkle? We've got tips for choosing foods that naturally whiten and brighten your grin.

Want to make that smile sparkle? We’ve got tips for choosing foods that naturally whiten and brighten your grin.

Did you know that certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten and defend your mouth against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums? There are two key factors you should keep in mind when it comes to a white teeth diet: chewing and saliva production.

Choose foods that actively work to clean and protect your teeth and you’ll be eating your way to whiter teeth. Here are five of our favorites:

  • Strawberries. Don’t let their cardinal color confuse you—strawberries contain malic acid, an enzyme that cleans your teeth and helps remove surface stains.
  • Fiber-rich veggies. Crunchy veggies like celery do wonders for your waistline and your gum line. These fiber-rich foods stimulate saliva, which helps wash away food debris. Try switching up celery with broccoli, carrots or cauliflower—these vegetables deliver the same benefits.
  • DairyLow-fat milk, yogurts and cheeses are all white-smile superstars. In addition to tooth-strengthening calcium, dairy contains lactic acid. This acid fights decay and shields teeth against harmful bacteria.
  • Flaxseed. Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, the most potent anti-inflammatory nutrient, and foods that reduce inflammation may protect against gum disease. Mix flaxseed into muffins or your morning smoothie.
  • Pineapple. Pineapples can help whiten teeth, thanks to an enzyme called bromelain that acts as a natural stain remover. Eating this juicy tropical fruit also increases saliva production, which helps keep plaque from forming.

Know of other foods that contribute to a healthier, brighter smile? Tell us about them in the comments!

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6 Responses to “5 Foods that Naturally Whiten and Brighten Teeth”

  1. Jarrod Chow
    03/02/2016 at 4:52 am #

    I love using natural food products. I find this list very helpful. I will take note of these. Thanks for sharing.

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      03/03/2016 at 8:58 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it, Jarrod!

  2. Lillian Moore
    06/21/2016 at 11:37 am #

    I thought it was interesting that strawberries contain an enzyme that cleans your teeth and helps remove surface stains. This was interesting because I would have thought that because of the bright red juice, your teeth would be stained a little red. This tip is really great, though, because I love strawberries. In addition to brushing my teeth, I will be sure to eat a ton of strawberries to make sure I have beautiful white teeth.

  3. Jonathan Williams
    06/23/2016 at 12:01 pm #

    Hey Caroline, what are your thoughts on activated charcoal?

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      06/27/2016 at 9:57 am #

      Hi Jonathan,
      We are familiar with folks using activated charcoal for whitening teeth, but we would recommend sticking with good old toothpaste. If you have additional questions about AC, we suggest consulting your dentist on his or her thoughts.

  4. Fabey Dental Studios
    08/08/2016 at 6:46 am #

    Thanks for sharing a list of healthy foods for our teeth. We can choose for protecting our dental health as well, keeping it clean. Many of us have interests in improving our smiles and turn us to dental care procedures like teeth whitening and bonding. While there is nothing wrong with these cosmetic dental procedures, we can also make some simple changes in our eating habits to get the smile that we’ve always wanted.

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