While brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups can go a long way to ensure that your pearly whites stay white and pearly, you may still end up with stains on your teeth. And unfortunately, that’s rather inevitable. Throughout our day to day, we end up consuming things that stain our teeth, no matter how much we try to protect them. Fortunately, you can take steps in your routine to help keep staining at bay. Here at Love to Smile of Peculiar, Lenexa, and Overland Park, we recommend that you integrate these foods into a healthy diet to ensure that your teeth are their whitest:

Strawberries

Strawberries contain antioxidants that can clear away bacteria that cause stains while reducing inflammation of the gums. Plus, strawberries are packed with vitamin C which further aids your gum health. Beyond that, strawberries contain malic acid, which has been shown to reduce stains.

Apples

Apples actually help to brush away some food debris, which makes them an ideal choice to cap off a meal or a snack. Plus, apples contain malic acid, just like strawberries, which is actually used in certain toothpastes. As we mentioned, this acid may help to remove stains from your teeth.

Pineapple

Pineapple is high in Vitamin C, which will boost the overall health of your oral cavity. Plus, pineapple is the only natural food that contains an enzyme called bromelain, which may clean your teeth while reducing inflammation of the gums.

Raisins

Unsweetened raisins help to make us salivate as we chew, which in turn leads to less plaque buildup, fewer stains, and a reduced chance of contracting cavities. Plus, raisins neutralize harsh acids that may be swishing around between your teeth.

Cheese

If you’re like me, you’re ecstatic to find cheese on this list. All of those delicious cheeses out there contain some good stuff, and the right stuff to help keep your teeth white. Cheese contains minerals that help you to keep your teeth strong, including phosphorus and calcium. Plus, cheese is fairly high in a protein that aids in keeping enamel intact. Beyond that, cheese’s lactic acid is further helpful in preventing tooth decay. And finally, munching on delicious cheese triggers saliva production, and saliva maintains our enamel and the cleanliness of our mouths.

Milk & Yogurt

Similarly, milk and yogurt help to fortify the strength of your teeth and their enamel. Try out sugar-free yogurt and wash a meal down with a glass of milk to help your teeth to stay strong and white.

Nuts

Nuts are fairly hard and abrasive, which may not sound like a great combination for your teeth. However, they help to clear away plaque on the surfaces of your teeth, and that can remove some stains that reside on the surface of those pearly whites.

Broccoli

Broccoli si high in fiber, which aids in reducing inflammation. Plus, it’s coarse texture serves as a natural toothbrush (as long as the broccoli is uncooked). Add broccoli to your salads to cleanse your mouth as you eat, or eat a stem of broccoli to wrap up a meal.

Water

Water is simply essential to oral health. As such, it works wonders in keeping stains away. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure that you’re constantly producing saliva, which will continuously wash away food debris and help to balance the microflora in your mouth.

Schedule a Whitening Today

If your diet isn’t doing enough to keep your teeth glistening white, you can schedule a tooth whitening with Love to Smile. In a quick appointment, one of our dental professionals will provide you with a safe, effective treatment that will help to transform your teeth. Schedule an appointment for a whitening today!