Teeth Whitening With Your Diet

Teeth whitening is a common routine for many Americans. Since 1996, professional teeth whitening services has increased in popularity by 300%, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  With a quick visit into your dentist’s office every six months or an in-home teeth whitening routine every four to six months at a reasonable cost, you’ll have glistening white teeth that can be shining for all times! There is little that seems to be able to stop that increase, but most do not know that there is a supplement for goals to bring out a bright white smile with a tooth whitening diet.

Certain foods, when combined with deep cleansing saliva, can remove stains on your teeth. Apples, pears, celery, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and raw vegetables stimulate saliva production which will not only clean your teeth, but can diminish staining caused by bacteria. Strawberries offer a natural whitener for your teeth.

Your dietary habits also play a role in how white your teeth are. Coffee, sodas, red wine and blueberries stain teeth. Using a straw when sipping dark colored drinks, allows for the flow of dark drinks to pass through the teeth, without the risk of staining.  Baking soda assists with removing stains on your teeth so you can brush your teeth with baking soda every two weeks to receive the benefit of stain removal.

Of course, you can always add teeth whitening products to leverage the results for a bright white smile. Besides professional teeth whitening products at your dentist’s office, there are over-the-counter products designed to provide some whitening for your teeth over time.  The good news is that there are many ways to whiten your teeth. When you incorporate a healthy diet, you’ll receive the benefits of healthy living, while protecting your teeth for whitening.

If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.