Naturally Whitening Foods
If you ask any tooth whitening specialist or cosmetic dentist about the reasons their patients require treatments like tooth whitening, they always cite individual preferences for drinking staining liquids like coffee or tea, smoking or eating foods that end up depositing too much sugar, acid or starch on the teeth. This is why the team at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington, DC encourages all of our patients to learn about our favorite, natural whitening foods and how you can count on them to both protect your teeth and help them keep a white glow.
Things That Lead to Teeth Whitening
As your dentist in Washington, DC, we might have already talked with you about certain issues that lead to the need for teeth whitening. Poor oral hygiene, poor diet and some lifestyle choices can cause the teeth to yellow or stain over time. However, age can also bring about the need for teeth whitening, and so it is always beneficial to add one or more natural whitening foods to the daily diet.
Though you might not consider eating as a form of cosmetic dentistry, you can certainly see it as reducing your need for certain treatments, like whitening if you include these natural whitening foods:
- Cheese and Milk – We will always suggest these because of their high calcium content and their ability to improve both gum and tooth health.
- Strawberries – Yes, bright red strawberries (which you might assume stain teeth) contain malic acid that whitens the enamel naturally.
- Apples – With their high fiber, they scrub teeth and cause intense salivation, which can both help to cleanse and whiten teeth. Raw carrots are similar, as is raw broccoli (particularly the florets).
- Nuts and seeds – The fiber helps scrub teeth and even lift some stains.
- Sugar-free gum – Though not a “natural” food, chewing it causes you to salivate heavily and this pulls a lot of materials, bacteria and stains away from the teeth.
Need Help Whitening Your Teeth? Contact Our Tooth Whitening Specialist
In addition to using natural whitening foods, always use a straw when consuming staining or acidic beverages as this limits their contact with teeth. Did this make you eager to get some teeth whitening? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Washington, DC office at 202-488-8300. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
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