Pearly whites. Who doesn’t want a set of gleaming white teeth? It’s all part of a great smile! Just by eating certain types of foods, along with brushing and flossing, you can whiten your teeth without the special kits and trays.
Apples. Granny Smiths aren’t just nutritious, but aid in cleansing and brightening your teeth by helping to remove plaque.
Carrots. They’re not called nature’s toothbrush for nothing. Crunchy food and vegetables like carrots rub away stubborn stains.
Pears. While many fruits are very acidic and can wear on tooth enamel, pears are high in water content and help stimulate saliva production. The flesh of the pear helps neutralize the acid in your mouth that causes decay.
Strawberries. Particularly when ripe, strawberries have a high concentration of malic acid, which can be used as a natural exfoliant to clean the surface of the teeth. Plus, they contain Vitamin C, which is necessary for keeping your gums healthy.
Cucumbers. Gums keep your teeth firmly in place, so it’s important to take care of them. Cucumbers are a good source of fiber for gums and teeth, and their crunchy consistency helps remove sugar and chemical debris from the teeth.
Cheese. Perhaps the greatest news ever! You should totally be reaching for the last cube of cheese after dinner as it contains casein, a protein in milk that has been shown to reduce the loss of tooth enamel.
Sugarless gum. While previously thought to be bad teeth, it can actually serve as a moisturizer for your mouth. Simulating salivary flow by increasing moisture in your mouth can help rinse away offensive stains. Pick the right kind though, make sure it’s sugarless and has Xylitol, which is known to reduce tooth decay.
Clear liquids. Carbonated water and other clear liquids help preserve your teeth and maintain their brightness. Limiting your intake of soft drinks, coffee and red wine can help as well.
Banana Peels. Eat banana peels? No, but they contain minerals and vitamins, such as potassium, manganese, and magnesium, that help whiten teeth. Take the inside of a banana peel and gently massage your teeth in a circular motion for a surface-level cleanse.