Dentists can give you the pearly whites you’ve always wanted, but it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. And while you may be tempted to use whitening strips, do you really want a product that isn’t regulated by FDA inside your mouth? We thought so. The good news is that there are much safer, cheaper, and tastier alternatives to getting alabaster teeth.
Here are 10 foods that whiten teeth.
1. Dark Chocolate
Believe it. Dr. Harold Katz, a leading dentist from Beverly Hills, says that dark chocolate does really help whiten the teeth.
Teeth is covered by a protective enamel surface, which helps prevent staining caused by certain foods like coffee and red wine. When we consume foods and drinks that are acidic, this protective layer weakens. Foods and drinks that are loaded with sugar also promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth, which eventually create an acidic environment that break down the outer enamel. As the enamel thins out, so do teeth become vulnerable to stains.
Dark chocolate whitens teeth by hardening the enamel. It contains theobromine, a substance that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents staining. Dr. Irwin Smigel of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics adds that dark chocolate also contains tannins which prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth to form plaque. Unfortunately, milk chocolate doesn’t provide the same benefits since they are mostly made of sugar and milk. In fact, they may even cause bad breath says Katz. The same goes for other types of chocolate which contain insignificant amounts of theobromine and tannins.
How to whiten your teeth: Indulge in a small bar of dark chocolate for dessert. Don’t forget to brush your teeth right after! Only eat chocolates with at least 70 percent cacao for the best teeth whitening effects.