Want Whiter Teeth? Watch What You Eat!

Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme with a number of health benefits.

What you eat can have a big impact on the appearance of your teeth. Want white and bright? Fruits and vegetables are key. For an extra boost, choose from the following foods that have additional properties that help naturally whiten teeth and keep them bright and clean.

Raw celery requires a lot of chewing. The longer you chew, the more saliva you produce. And, besides being the star in a game of spitball, saliva is a natural tooth cleanser. Celery is also loaded with fiber, which is good for your gut and good for your gums. Healthy pink gums make your teeth look whiter.

Pineapple is the only food that naturally contains bromelain—an enzyme with anti-inflammatory as well as cleansing properties. Bromelain helps break up the plaque that produce acids that can erode the enamel of your teeth and lead to stains and cavities.

Another enemy of inflammation is broccoli. And, according to the European Journal of Dentistry, the iron in broccoli protects teeth against the enamel-eroding acid produced by bacteria that can cause stains and cavities.

They may be red, but when you eat strawberries you’re exposing your teeth to an amazing tooth whitening compound: malic acid. The vitamin C in strawberries can also help break up plaque.

Another acid comes into play when you eat cheese – lactic acid. Plus, the calcium in cheese and other dairy products like milk and yogurt help fortify your teeth to help keep them white.

For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips on whitening, download our free ebook Getting the Right White. Or, come in to see us at DeWan Dental Wellness! If you’re looking for a Milwaukee dentist who cares about your comfort, overall health, and getting your smile just right, make an appointment now.