From disease fighting to anti-aging, clean, whole-foods are the key to living a healthy, radiant, and happy life. They are also the key to keeping your pearly whites pearly. Clear skin, strong nails, shiny hair – whiter teeth are also a result of what you’re putting into your body. When you eat good, you look good, and more importantly, you FEEL good, so put those white strips down, and take our hand as we bring you back to nature. Below we’ve listed 12 all natural teeth whiteners hiding in your local produce aisle. Now flash us that sexy smile of yours!
The malic acid found in strawberries acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, no baking soda required.
2. Nuts + Seeds
These crunchy, slightly abrasive foods help to rub plaque and stains off of your teeth. They’re also packed with protein and healthy fats to make the rest of you look just as great.
The high water content in apples helps to increase saliva production, which serves as the mouth’s self-cleaning agent, getting rid of bacteria, bad breath, and plaque. The crispness of the fruit helps to strengthen your gums.
4. Celery + Carrots
Just like apples, these vegetables are packed with water, making them great for your skin, waistline, and teeth! Their crunch factor helps to scrub away surface stains.
5. Yogurt + Cheese
The lactic acid found in dairy products helps to strengthen your gums and teeth from the inside, preventing future decay. Research shows that the proteins found in yogurt may even bind to the teeth, stopping the attack of harmful cavity-causing acids. Opt for hard cheeses, like parmesan, to give your teeth a little scrubbing action along with your dose of calcium.
While we don’t recommend consuming copious amount of this acidic fruit, as it could wear away the enamel on your teeth, a serving of it will help to keep those pearly whites in check.
The tiny florets on top act like a toothbrush to scrub away surface stains. Broccoli also contains iron, which helps to form an acid-resistant film to protect the enamel on your teeth.
8. Onions + Garlic
This one may seem questionable, as they don’t leave your breath smelling the freshest. The result? People tend to brush their teeth after eating foods made with onions and garlic. Tricked ya. And if consumed raw, they both contain sulfur compounds that help reduce tooth decay and bacteria.
9. Shiitake Mushrooms
Contain a compound called lentinan, which inhibits bacteria from growing in your mouth.
Pineapples contain a natural stain-removing enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain also helps to break up plaque build-up and prevent decay.
This powerful anti-inflammatory helps to support a healthy mouth. And since periodontal disease is an inflammatory one, that cause loss of bone and connective tissue in your mouth, ginger works to combat this, as well as being an overall great detoxer and disease-fighter.
Basil is a natural antibiotic. This fragrant green contains the essential oils rosmarinic acid, linalool, and oleanolic acid to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth.