5 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally
By Alison Abbey, Special Projects Editor |
From at-home strips and trays to in-office treatments, it seems as though there are more ways to whiten teeth than there are chompers in your mouth. If you’re having trouble making a dental decision, these five foods tips will whiten your teeth naturally.
Forget the Shortcake
Strawberries are full of malic acid, which works as a natural astringent to remove discoloration from the surface of your teeth.
Not only does celery’s crunch force you to chew it longer, which produces saliva that neutralizes Streptococcus (the bacteria that causes cavities), but it’s also a natural abrasive that massages gums and cleans between teeth.
Cheese has a number of tooth-boosting benefits. It helps balance the pH levels in your mouth (which control the growth of bacteria), aids in the production of saliva and preserves and rebuilds enamel.
Pineapple is the only food that naturally contains bromelain, a compound with anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties that are often found in stain-removing toothpaste. So it stands to reason that noshing on pineapple will aid in the natural whitening process.
You’ve heard the term “superfood,” but we’d like to nominate green tea as a “super drink!” In addition to its multiple health benefits, green tea is also good for your teeth. It contains catechins, which kill the bacteria in your mouth that make plaque. They also improve bad breath. We’ll drink to that.