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Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth?

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Kent Ninomiya is a veteran journalist with over 23 years experience as a television news anchor, reporter and managing editor. He traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Ninomiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences with emphasis in history, political science and mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.
Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth?
Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth? Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images


There are certain foods that whiten teeth. The process is gradual and subtle, but if you consistently use them on your teeth you will notice a difference over the course of several months. While you do this, it is important to avoid things that stain your teeth. Using foods that whiten teeth is useless if you are simultaneously darkening them.

Lemon Juice

Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth?
Homemade lemon juice. Photo Credit HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Lemon juice is well known for its hair lightening properties. It can also be used to whiten teeth. Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with a pinch of salt or a little baking soda. Rub this mixture on your teeth. You can also eat lemons by themselves if you can tolerate it. Too much lemon juice on the teeth can cause sensitivity, as it wears away at the enamel according to LearningInfo.org.

Orange Peel

Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth?
Orange peel is a natural tooth whitener. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Orange peel is a natural tooth whitener, as reported by CBS Radio. Use the inside of the orange peel with the white stringy stuff still attached. Rub it directly on your teeth to whiten them. You can also mix the orange peel with crushed bay leaves. Rubbing this mixture on your teeth will also whiten them.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is very effective for getting rid of stains on teeth. You can swish it around your teeth at full strength if you can tolerate it. Using too much too often will cause tooth sensitivity. You can also mix apple cider vinegar with baking soda. This mixture can be rubbed on the teeth like a polish. Apple cider vinegar has the added benefit of relieving symptoms of acid reflux disease. People who suffer from acid reflux disease often get stained teeth.


Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth?
Strawberries are useful for polishing teeth. Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Strawberries are also useful for polishing teeth. They may make the teeth red to begin with but when you wash the color away, the teeth are whiter. You can also smash up strawberries and add some baking soda. Rub this mixture on your teeth and leave it there for five minutes before brushing your teeth. If you do this a couple of times per week you will notice you teeth getting whiter after a few months.

Raw Vegetables

Are There Foods That Whiten Teeth?
Eating raw vegetables also whitens teeth. Photo Credit Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Eating raw vegetables also whitens teeth. It has to do with the crunchy nature of these foods. When you bite into raw vegetables, they are abrasively scrubbing your teeth according to an article in the Huffington Post. Cooked vegetables do not whiten teeth since they are soft.


While you eat foods that whiten teeth, avoid foods that darken them. These foods include anything with food coloring, red wine, soft drinks, coffee, and tea. If you eat any of these foods be sure to brush your teeth immediately afterward. If you want to enjoy red wine while out, snack on a piece of hard cheese before drinking it. According to the Richmond Smile Center, hard cheese contains oils that coat your teeth and put up a barrier that protects the enamel from staining. If you smoke, quit, as this is one of the leading causes of stained teeth.

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