Strawberries, carrots and cheese can all help you achieve pearly whites but dont neglect brushing and trips to the dentist
Get your five a day
Despite their red colouring, strawberries can be a natural teeth whitener. A study from the Padjadjaran Journal of Dentistry found that strawberry juice had a whitening effect on teeth stained by coffee. “The key thing is that strawberries contain malic acid, which whitens the teeth,” says Dr Richard Marques, a celebrity dentist. The same goes for apples, which not only contain malic acid, but a lot of water, which helps wash away leftover food and residue on the teeth. Hard, crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery also have a cleansing effect, says Marques.
Eat some cheese
Eating cheese is another way to clean your teeth and keep them white, while the natural minerals it contains can strengthen your enamel. “It’s got calcium in it for a start, which is really good for your teeth,” says Marques. “Whiter cheeses are better”, with cheddar being one of the most effective because the rest of its cleansing properties lie in the hard surface structure, meaning that softer cheese such as brie and blue cheese do not give the same results.
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