Many foods can stain our teeth or at least darken them. So we thought we’d help you out with some great foods for healthy, bright teeth! Show that smile!

We are all familiar with the common drinks that can stain our pearly whites: coffee, and red wine, for example. But, did you know that there are foods that can do the opposite? And make your teeth look brighter and also strengthen them? If you’re curious about how to whiten your teeth naturally, try these three foods:

PLAIN YOGURT

Yogurt is rich in calcium, which is es- sential for keeping teeth looking healthy and bright. “Calcium-rich foods help strengthen the enamel, the outer layer of teeth that gives them their whiteness,” says Timothy Chase, DMD, a cosmetic dentist at SmilesNY in Manhattan.

APPLES

The crunchy texture of apples act as a gentle abrasive to scrub away the plaque and gunk that can make your teeth look dull. Additionally, “the chewing that’s required also promotes the production of saliva, which helps keep plaque from developing. And stains attach to plaque like Velcro,” says periodontist and nutri- tionist expert Sandra Moldovan, MS, DDS, CNS.

STRAWBERRIES

Don’t worry, these delicious red berries won’t stain your teeth red, but they may make your teeth appear brighter and whiter. According to Steven Freeman, DDS, owner of Elite Smiles in St. Augustine, Florida, “Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid that works as a natural astringent to remove surface discolouration.”

More Inspiration: Nuts are good for your teeth too, so check out this article on the best nuts for women!

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