If you’re trying to maintain a bright, white smile, you probably know that there’s a long list of foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Coffee, dark tea, red wine, berries, and more all deposit stains on your teeth that you can’t brush or floss away.
That’s the time to turn to professional teeth whitening in Greeley, CO that lifts staining molecules and leave behind a sparkling, white smile. And yes, you should avoid or cut back on these foods and drinks after you whiten your teeth. But there are plenty of foods you can choose that don’t stain your teeth and, in fact, act as natural teeth whiteners.
Foods That Help Keep Your Smile Bright
While none of these foods substitute for the stain-lifting results of professional teeth whitening, they can help to keep your smile bright between treatments.
- Strawberries – Unlike blueberries or blackberries, strawberries won’t stain your teeth. In fact, they contain an enzyme called malic acid that acts as a natural astringent. Malic acid doesn’t break down stain molecules, but clean, fresh teeth look naturally whiter.
- Celery and carrots – Both these veggies have a high water content that keeps your teeth whiter by rinsing away food debris. A bonus is that chewing them also helps strengthen your gums.
- Broccoli and cauliflower – These high-fiber veggies are slightly coarse and abrasive, so chewing on them helps carry away food particles and surface stains for a brighter appearance. The iron in broccoli also acts as a barrier for your teeth against harmful acids.
- Apples – When you eat apples, your teeth have to work hard to break them down. This action helps exercise your teeth and gums, scrub away surface stains, and increases saliva flow that helps carry away food particles and bacteria.
Professional Teeth Whitening in West Greeley, CO
We offer custom teeth whitening kits at our Greeley, CO dental office that are convenient and easy to use at home. If you want to whiten stained or yellow teeth, call Norco Family Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington.