Incorporating more apples into your diet may mean a whiter smile.

With the growing trend of going “natural,” it’s no wonder that people are looking for new ways to incorporate more organic methods of living into their everyday lives—and whitening their teeth is no exception. Though visiting a dentist to brighten your pearly whites often brings the best results, check out a few foods that can help whiten your smile by simply consuming them.

Strawberries

At first glance, it’s hard to believe that a strawberry’s rich, red hue could lighten your teeth! Strawberries contain malic acid, a naturally occurring substance that gives fruits their sour taste but also has teeth whitening benefits. Try mashing two to three strawberries in a bowl and applying the paste to your teeth for a couple of minutes. Rinse thoroughly when finished to avoid damage to your enamel.

Seeds and Nuts

Foods like sunflower seeds, cashews and walnuts don’t contain nutrients that aid in whitening your teeth directly, but when chewed, their rough texture brushes up against teeth removing surface stains and plaque.

Apples and Carrots

A natural way to remove stains on teeth, incorporating more apples and carrots into your diet can result in a whiter smile. How? These healthy fruits and vegetables make the mouth produce more saliva. Saliva acts as a built-in self-cleaning agent that rinses the teeth and kills bacteria.

Other foods that can help enhance the color of your teeth include:

  • Pineapples
  • Baking Soda
  • Milk
  • Cheese

Wondering what other options you have for maintaining a bright and healthy mouth? Learn about professional whitening services that can brighten your smile in just one visit by contacting our practice today to schedule an appointment.