Dr. Kevin Postol and his team are excited to let you in on a few of mother nature’s secrets that can help whiten your teeth. There are wonderfully natural ways to counter day to day staining, and they can be delicious! As a family dentistry in Ballwin, we know it’s important to find fun and simple ways to help you and your kids take care of their teeth.
How Can Food Whiten My Teeth?
Many of our patients come to us looking for the best cosmetic dentist in the Ballwin area for teeth whitening. While we are proud to be able to offer excellent cosmetic dentistry services, we also want you to be able to keep up that bright white smile in between whitenings! For kids who don’t regularly get professional whitenings, it’s even more essential to maintain those pearly whites. Some raw vegetables and fresh fruits contain important ingredients that can naturally whiten your teeth. Don’t believe us? Try them for yourself.
Eating tart fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, and pineapples may cause the mouth to produce more saliva. Saliva is our mouths natural anti-bacterial agent, and it does its best to minimize bacterial build up. Beware of using lemons directly on teeth though, too much acidity can wear away enamel.
These fruits may stain your shirt, but they will whiten teeth! Watermelon has one of the highest percentages of malic acid. Malic acid is strong enough to clean your teeth without damaging your enamel. A few other malic acid rich fruits are strawberries, apricots, mangoes, peaches, and pears! As if you needed more excuses to eat more of these delicious fruits!
Carrots, celery, and broccoli are just party platter snacks, they also act like natural stain removers by increasing saliva production as well as providing high fiber roughage that scrubs the hard to get to places in your mouth. The high levels of iron found within broccoli also shields enamel from stains.
Nuts and seeds are an essential part of any healthy diet and are a high-quality source of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and easily digestible fiber. Eating them might also help keep your teeth healthy. Aside from being an easy and portable snack, nuts and seeds are slightly abrasive, to loosen plaque on your teeth. Almonds, for instance, are a particularly tooth-friendly food, thanks to their high levels of calcium, and low sugar content.
Milk, cheese, and yogurt contain high amounts of lactic acid. A study posted in the journal, Dentistry, found that “kids who ate yogurt four times per week had less tooth decay than kids who didn’t eat yogurt.” It is suspected that proteins in various dairy products bind to enamel and strengthens them, making them more resistant to strong acids that eat through the enamel and cause cavities. Hard cheeses are preferable to soft cheeses thanks to their abrasive qualities. You’re welcome!
We hope you have fun using and sharing our natural teeth whitening secrets! They may not get you the immediate results of professional teeth whitening products—but they are cheap and natural, and that should leave you smiling. If you’ve got an important event coming up or you just want to look your best and have a smile you’re proud of, call our family friendly staff today to schedule an in-office cleaning and teeth whitening in Ballwin!