Having white teeth can make you feel more confident and secure. Studies have revealed that having white teeth can make individuals appear more attractive. And, that people with a great smile are perceived to be more intelligent and successful. And while the figures for Australians is not known, Americans spend a shocking $1.5 billion on teeth whitening products each year!<

A few changes in your diet can help you have naturally whiter teeth. Keep reading for our top five foods that can naturally whiten your teeth.

  1. Oranges: Tart fruits, such as oranges, cause your mouth to produce more saliva which washes your mouth. As well, the peel of an orange contains vitamin C which is a natural teeth whitener. You can wash your peel (thoroughly) and rub the white side of the peel along your teeth to fight plaque buildup. We do not recommend doing this with lemons though, as lemons are highly acidic and can damage your teeth.
  2. Strawberries: Strawberries contain malic acid which removes surface level tooth discolouration. Mush the strawberries with a small amount of baking soda, and apply directly to your teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth afterward as strawberries contain high amounts of sugar.
  3. Dairy products (cheese, yogurt, and milk): Dairy products contain lactic acid which helps your teeth fight against decay. Hard cheeses, such as gouda, also remove food particles off your teeth which helps reduce staining.
  4. Carrots: The hard surface of raw carrots break down food particles on your teeth. Carrot greens can also be rubbed onto your teeth for a quick teeth polish.
  5. Brocolli: Similar to carrots, the hard texture of raw broccoli serves to scrub food particles off your teeth. Additionally, the iron in broccoli will strengthen the enamel on your teeth to prevent staining and erosion.

While incorporating these foods into your diet are great preventative measures, you will likely not see results right away. For those looking for pearly whites immediately, Bright Smiles Dentistry on the Sunshine Coast offers professional teeth whitening services that are long-lasting. Professional teeth whitening can enhance your smile, boost your confidence and have you feeling like a new person!

At Bright Smiles, we take care of the whitening process to ensure it is carried out only when we feel that you will have a positive outcome. Call us for an appointment today at 5408 0290 or book an appointment online.