We all strive for white teeth– but sometimes achieving a pearly white smile is easier said than done. Sure, you know to avoid teeth-staining drinks like coffee, soda and wine, but your morning coffee is the only thing that gets you through the day. If you’re struggling for a white smile, try these food items that naturally whiten teeth.

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Strawberries

We’ve discussed the benefits of strawberries on your smile several times. The active malic acid in strawberries helps whiten teeth using its natural astringent to remove surface stains, which are the most common cause of discoloration. Just remember to floss thoroughly, as seeds stuck in the gums can lead to tooth decay, which is not helpful for a healthy smile.

Onions

Onions, like garlic, contain vitamins and minerals that coat your teeth, and prevent bacteria and stain-causing substances from attaching to the outer layers of your teeth. Additionally, they also promote healthy bones. While onions have been proven to whiten teeth, they have also been proven to produce seriously foul breath. If you’re thinking about trying this method out, remember to bring a toothbrush (which will also help your smile shine).

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Apples

Apples are known to keep you healthy, but we’re never really told how. One way they do this by keeping your smile healthy and white. Apples have a high water content, which naturally cleanses teeth and helps to increase saliva production. Additionally, the texture of the apple functions as a scrub that wipes away stains and works to whiten teeth.

A Sugar Land Dentist for White Teeth

Adding these foods into your diet could help you achieve the white smile you are looking for. If you want a faster solution, try Zoom! Teeth Whitening, a quick whitening treatment that can be performed in under an hour. If you would like to know more about keeping your teeth shiny and white, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.