When we want a brighter smile, we tend to use whitening products to remove discoloration and staining. However, they’re not the only option for a whiter smile. Certain foods can actually prevent staining and discoloration by helping to maintain healthy tooth enamel. The key is knowing which foods can help in your pursuit of a whiter, brighter smile.
- Dairy Products: are high in lactic acid, which protect teeth against the decay that contributes to yellowing and darkening discoloration. Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt have high levels of calcium and protein that strengthens tooth enamel. The probiotics in yogurt also help remove bacteria that cause cavities.
- Almonds: are another great source of calcium and protein. Just like dairy products, almonds will help strengthen tooth enamel.
- Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables: such as apples, carrots and celery are high in malic acid, which increases saliva production. Saliva washes away leftover food that could weaken the enamel. These foods are also high in fiber and vitamins for healthy diet.
- Pineapple: contains the ingredient bromelain that is also found in whitening products. This protein aids to remove surface stains and the removal of plaque.
Tooth Stains: Foods to Avoid
Knowing what foods cause teeth staining is just as important to know which foods can prevent discoloration. Red colored foods and drinks, such as cherries, cranberries, tomato products and wine, can cause discoloration over time.
Coffee and smoking can also contribute to a stained, yellowing smile. If you do indulge in these drinks and foods, chewing a sugar-free gum, rinsing with water, or brushing after will help reduce staining effects.
If you want dramatic whitening results, Dr. Donald Alexander offers a range of teeth whitening treatments. Professional teeth whitening is superior to over-the-counter methods because our products contain whitening agents higher in concentration for long-lasting results. After a professional teeth whitening treatment, consider the foods above to keep your results looking good for as long as possible.
To learn more about professional teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments to address discolored teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander at our Jacksonville, FL dentist office today!