Tooth stains can leave you feeling insecure about your smile. Many foods and beverages lead to staining but luckily there are a number of foods that can help in reducing tooth staining and keeping your teeth whiter longer. If you have tooth staining and want to brighten your smile, teeth whitening is a quick and effective option. Contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario at 610-642-7024 to learn about the different teeth whitening options our Newtown Square family dentistry practice has to offer.
Certain foods contain properties that disrupt the enamel pellicle, which is the protein layer on the surface of your teeth, as well as the stains that are set within the layer. The following foods can help you eat your way to a whiter smile:
· Nuts and Seeds - Due to their somewhat abrasive nature, biting down on nuts and seed can help to rub off stains and plaque from teeth
· Broccoli - The florets on your broccoli act like a toothbrush and help to scrub and whiten your teeth as you chew
· Strawberries - Although red in color, strawberries contain malic acid which acts as a natural astringent. This can actually help in removing surface tooth discoloration
· Citrus Fruits - Oranges, pineapple, and papaya are great examples of fruits containing citrus, which is a natural tooth-brightener. The down side is that the acidity in citrus wears away tooth enamel so keep to sizeable doses to help protect your teeth while whitening
Teeth discoloration and staining is a common occurrence and can be a result of many things. If your teeth are developing yellow or brown stains and you are feeling self-conscious about your smile, contact our Newtown Square family dentistry practice at 610-642-7024 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.