It’s only right that we take a look at the best foods for your teeth now that you know which foods and drinks to avoid! Here is our list of the best foods for keeping your pearly whites just that – pearly white.
This may seem like a strange pick since it has such a strong red colour, and can easily ruin a white t-shirt, but strawberries could be your teeth’s best friend! They are rich in malic acid, which naturally remove surface teeth discolouration.
- Nuts & Broccoli
Maybe not together, because that would be an odd snack combo. Nuts and broccoli are both crunchy foods that (sort of) brush your teeth when you eat them. Walnuts, cashew nuts and almonds have an abrasive texture, which can scrub away surface stains.
Broccoli and other high-fibre vegetables like cauliflower work in the same way, and scrub away at your teeth as you chew – especially if they are raw or steamed instead of boiled.
Onions contain sulfur, which has antibacterial properties that can keep plaque from forming – which is great! Unfortunately, this only works when you eat them raw. Making your breath stink in order to help your teeth stay white is probably not the best trade. But at least you’ll be more likely to brush your teeth afterwards!
Apples, like strawberries, contain lots of malic acid. The tart taste created by malic acid helps kickstart your saliva production, which is your body’s way of cleaning your teeth.
- Baking soda – acts like a bleaching agent
Using baking soda to clean teeth has been an old wives’ tale for a long time, and it turns out to work. Baking soda does indeed help whiten your teeth. As it turns out, baking soda is a mild abrasive, which means that it will help wear away dark surface stains.
Be careful, though. With long term use, you will also start to wear away the enamel of your teeth. Unlike toothpaste, baking soda doesn’t contain fluoride – which helps protect your teeth.
- Dairy products
Cheese, yoghurts and milk are a rich source of calcium, which strengthens teeth and gums. The lactic acids found in cheese has been found to protect teeth from decay. There is also a milk protein called casein, which is very good for your enamel as it has been shown to reduce the loss of minerals from your tooth’s outer layer.
Pineapple is actually the only fruit that naturally contains an enzyme called bromelain – a powerful anti-inflammatory enzyme. Bromelain will disrupt the proteins that cling to your teeth, helping break up surface stains. The anti-inflammatory properties may be extra useful for those who suffer from gum disease.
Like we mentioned in our teeth staining blog, water helps keep your teeth clean by rinsing away sugars, acids and other nasties that could cling on to their surfaces. Staying hydrated will also promote saliva production, and saliva is your body’s natural way of cleaning your teeth.
Does it seem a bit extreme to eat raw onion to keep your teeth white? Yes, it does, and we agree. The best way to go about dental health is still a good oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. Eating the above foods alone will not be good enough.