Autumn is finally here and with it comes a lot of changes. The air gets crisper, iced tea turns into hot tea and our diet goes from light and easy to warm and cozy. It is easy to tinge our teeth with all the dark rich foods that come with this time of year. And since the holidays are a happy time with family and friends, here are some foods to add to your grocery list to help combat those teeth stains while keeping us on the healthier side:
Apples. Apples act as a gentle abrasive and scrubs away unsightly stains and food debris. They also contain malic acid, a natural astringent that whitens teeth and removes stains.
Pineapple. Pineapples are the only food that contains an enzyme called bromelain, an anti-inflammatory cleanser to remove stains.
Broccoli. Eating raw broccoli acts as a gentle abrasive and scrubs away stains. It also contains iron, which helps prevent tooth erosion.
Cheese. Cheese is high in calcium and phosphorus that keeps teeth strong and protein to protect tooth enamel.
Strawberries. This delicious fruit contains both malic acid and vitamin C. Like apples, the malic acid acts a cleansing agent.
Onions. While onions may not be good your breath, the sulfur compounds in raw onions reduce bacteria in the mouth that can potentially cause tooth decay.
Lots of foods can help whiten your teeth. However, to maintain a white smile, regular consumption of these foods isn’t enough. Practice proper oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist regularly.