Teeth whitening is a multibillion-dollar business. And while whitening agents can be effective and safe in moderation, they may not be for everyone. You can help keep your teeth bright and white with something you already do – eating.
What you eat can help (or hurt) your teeth.
These foods can complement an already top-notch teeth care routine.
• Make strawberries your jam.
Don’t let its cardinal color confuse you—strawberries contain malic acid, an astringent that removes tooth discoloration on the surface.
• Celery-brate good times.
Crunchy veggies like celery do wonders for your gum line and your waistline . These fiber-rich foods stimulate saliva, which helps wash away food debris. Broccoli, carrots or cauliflower deliver similar benefits.
• Keep calm and dairy on.
Low-fat milk, yogurts and cheeses are smile superstars. In addition to tooth-strengthening calcium, dairy contains lactic acid. This acid fights decay and acts as a shield to harmful bacteria.
• Face the flax.
Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid is a potent anti-inflammatory nutrient. And foods that reduce inflammation may protect against gum disease. Mix flax into muffins or your morning smoothie.
• Stick to your gum(s).
Sugarless gum can work wonders for your smile. Gum promotes saliva production, which rinses your mouth while freshening your breath. Look for gum with xylitol, a natural sweetener that helps prevent decay-forming bacteria.