Health Tip – Jan. 18 – Natural Teeth Whitening
If you have had your teeth whitened by bleaching – either by your dentist or with home teeth-whitening kits – you may be able to keep them that way by eating certain foods.
Dentists at Wake Forest Baptist Health say that apples, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, celery and other firm fruits and vegetables can help keep teeth white. These common produce items actually “scrub” teeth while you’re chewing and also promote the flow of saliva, which neutralizes acids and protects enamel.
The best polishing foods: strawberries and oranges. Some dairy products (especially cheeses) and other foods high in calcium can also help keep teeth white. The lactic acid cheeses contain helps prevent decay, and harder cheeses also help remove food particles.
If you want to keep your teeth pearly white, it’s a good idea to avoid or cut back on those exposures known to stain: blueberries, red and white wine, soy sauce, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and tobacco.