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Want Whiter Teeth? Try This Diet

Nov 06, 2014

By Dean George

In case you missed it, America is fascinated with white chompers.

Thousands  of people spend millions of dollars on whitening toothpastes, strips and gels.  Others pay dental offices considerable sums for professional whitening treatments. Meantime, fans of Hollywood routinely use Facebook and Pinterest pages to vote on celebrity favorites with the whitest smiles and the best looking teeth.

While some of the plans at Dental Insurance Store offer whitening treatment as a covered benefit, there is an easier way to get those pearlies to gleam and glisten: the White Teeth Diet. 

In previous posts we’ve written about foods that stain teeth and strip tooth enamel over the usual wear and tear of biting, chewing, and grinding our food. We’ve also written extensively about foods that are good for strengthening teeth and aiding gums and oral health.

According to United Kingdom dentist Anthony Zybutz, it is possible to eat your way to whiter teeth with foods that don’t involve algae appetizers, egad entrees and disgusting desserts.  Dr. Anthony says the key is to consider foods that require healthy doses of chewing and saliva stimulation.

Chewing Crunchy foods like apples, celery, carrots, cauliflower, green beans and hard cheeses require consistent chewing action. This chewing action helps remove other food particles and helps prevent plaque build-up. The London dentist also says chewing those crunchy foods also stimulate blood flow to our gums and provides them a healthy massage.

Saliva As previously noted on this site, eating foods that increase saliva flow help rinse your teeth and keep them white. Strawberries are particularly good at doing this because they “scrub” away tooth stains while the vitamin C they contain whitens teeth. They also contain malic aicd, an enzyme that stimulates saliva production. Citrus fruits like oranges, lime and grapefruits also help cleanse teeth, but their acidity can also strip away tooth enamel if left on the teeth for too long.

Gum Inflammation Pineapple is the only know food that contains the enzyme bromelain, also called bromelin. Whatever you call it, it is an anti-inflammatory that comes from the stem and fruit of the pineapple that helps keep gums healthy. It also contains cleaning properties that help whiten teeth.

Other foods that help prevent gum inflammation and prevent tooth decay are dairy products containing lactic acid like milk, yogurt and cheese. Milk and yogurt are good sources of calcium and phosphate and yogurt is rich in probiotics, or active cultures.

Water Drinking water is an essential part of the White Teeth Diet because it cleanses teeth of leftover food, especially tooth staining food. Tap water is also a good source of fluoride, and unlike colas, sports drinks, coffee, tea and red wine, it doesn’t stain teeth because it is colorless.

Eating foods that don’t stain won’t give you a Hollywood smile by itself, and that’s where daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits come in. If seeing the dentist is the exception rather than the rule in your experience, you can change that today by clicking here!

Sources:, WebMD
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