Food Choices, Whiter Teeth, And You: How You Can Make Your Teeth Whiter By What You Eat

Posted on: 23 January 2019

There are at least a dozen ways you can whiten your teeth. Your dentist can do it. You can use special toothpastes. You can buy and apply whitening kits from the stores. Yet, you probably have not tried the one method that prevents teeth from discoloration in the first place, and which may even whiten your teeth longer. Eating certain foods and not eating other foods is a sure-fire way of keeping and making your teeth white. Here is how this goes.

Do Not Drink Coffee, Tea, Colas, or Any Sugary Drinks

Dark-colored drinks turn teeth yellow. Sugary drinks break down tooth enamel, causing the dentin in your teeth to get really yellow. Consuming any or all of the above drinks will definitely cause your teeth to be consistently yellow. If you drink just milk, water, and the occasional glass of juice, your teeth will not discolor as badly or as quickly.

Snack on Crunchy Fruits and Veggies

Know what happens when you choose crunchy fruits and veggies for snacks? Actually, a couple of things happen. One, your teeth are made naturally stronger because of all the biting and crunching you are doing. Two, every bite of a crunchy fruit or vegetable (e.g., apples, carrots, etc.) acts as a natural toothbrush, gently removing tartar on the teeth (tartar is that yellow, sticky stuff that makes your teeth look old and can cause plaque). Therefore, you should consider adding more crunchy fruits and veggies to your diet if you do not eat enough of them already. 

"Brush" with Strawberries

Many natural toothpastes utilize strawberries as the main ingredient. Why? Because strawberry seeds are the perfect little tooth polishers. Strawberries also contain vitamin C, which improves the health of your gums while you brush. People who use strawberry-infused toothpaste or eat a lot of strawberries tend to have whiter teeth because of the seeds and important vitamins in the berries. Conversely, you should avoid blueberries and blackberries because they stain your teeth unpleasant shades of yellow and blue. 

Avoid Intentionally Soured or Fermented Foods

Maybe you are the type that loves a good sauerkraut or lutefisk. Bad news for you; foods that are intentionally soured and fermented are guaranteed to damage your teeth to the point that your teeth are very yellow. You may be wondering why. Well, lutefisk is fish pickled in lye, which is literally a poison that is used to bleach and clean clothes. Unfortunately, it completely erodes teeth to a very unpleasant state for anyone that consumes lutefisk on a regular basis. As for sauerkraut, or anything else intentionally fermented and pickled, the high acidity also erodes teeth. You should avoid such foods if you want to keep your teeth white. 

For more information, contact your local teeth whitening service day.