sugar land dentistYou always hear how certain foods and drinks stain your teeth—red wine, coffee, tomato sauce, dark colored berries, soda… but did you know that certain foods help whiten your teeth as well?

While not as powerful as professional whitening treatments, keeping the following foods in reach can help you counter the staining effects of the indulgences mentioned above.

Strawberries – Nosh on these yummy summer berries for a brighter, shinier smile. Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid, which removes surface stains from teeth, and have a texture that naturally buffs tooth enamel. Another trick is to mash strawberries into a paste that you leave on teeth for five minutes, then rinse, brush and floss as usual.

Lemons – Lemon juice is a natural lightener (it’s still a popular way to highlight hair in the sun), but because of its acidity it is damaging to teeth when applied directly. To get the benefits without the harm, mix the juice of one lemon with a little baking soda to make a paste you apply to teeth for one minute. Rinse and brush as usual.

Orange Peels – The next time you eat an orange, save the peels! The white stringy stuff on the inside, called the albedo, contains all kinds of helpful compounds that act as natural cleaners for your pearly whites. Rub the inside of the peels all over your teeth, then rinse and brush as usual.

Crunchy Fruits & Veggies – Snack on fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, carrots and celery to naturally scrub your teeth to a shine. These particular foods also increase saliva production, your mouth’s natural cleansing rinse.

If you want faster, more dramatic whitening results, however, consider our Zoom! Whitening treatment and our Chic-Flic Whitening & Lip Gloss Pen for effective touch-ups. Contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe to find out more.