Do Some Foods Clean Off Common Dental Stains?


Posted on 5/23/2018 by Karl Olson
Dental Stains Olson Family Dental CT 06850Good hygiene habits like brushing your teeth for two-minutes and flossing, at least twice per day, and regular visits to our office, are the best ways to keep your teeth as white as they can be, but do some foods clean off common dental stains?

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening methods available and our own in-office treatments, however, we want to tell you about some foods that can help to whiten your teeth naturally and inexpensively.

Citrus Foods

Oranges and lemons are a great natural tooth whitening food because they increase the production of saliva that will naturally clean your teeth. You must be careful not to overdo it because citrus is also abrasive, and the acidity can harm the teeth.

Dairy Products

Include milk, yogurt, and hard cheese in your diet and chances are your teeth will become brighter. Lactic acid is believed to help protect teeth from decay, due to the proteins contained in dairy, according to a study published in the journal Dentistry.

Strawberries

Even though certain berries can stain your teeth, strawberries are some of the foods that clean common dental stains, because of the enzyme malic acid. You can try smashing a strawberry and rubbing it on your teeth. Leave for five-minutes and rinse thoroughly. Don't forget to floss to remove any seeds left behind.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the dentist away. Apples, like citrus foods, increase the production of saliva, which helps to clean your teeth naturally and kill bacteria responsible for bad breath.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to keep your teeth white when you eat some foods that clean off common dental stains. Ask us about more foods that you can eat at your next cleaning appointment!

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