What you eat has a major impact on your health. Most people worry about the impact that the food they eat has on their long term health. For example, many people avoid foods high in cholesterol because they don't want to deal with any cholesterol-related health issues. However, there are also more superficial things to consider. Eating a healthy diet full of unprocessed foods can have a ton of benefits, not only for your internal health, but also for your appearance. If you're eating food that fuels your body properly, you'll glow a little more, your hair will be a little shinier, and you'll just look healthier overall. However, there's one particularly that some people worry about — foods that stain.
You see, there are a few foods out there that naturally help keep your teeth pearly white. They're all great additions to your diet to begin with, and have the added benefit of adding a little sparkle to your smile. And then, there are foods that can dull your smile considerably, staining your teeth if you're not careful. Unfortunately, many of those foods are ones that we really love. Now, we're definitely not saying you should eliminate all the foods that have the potential to stain from your diet entirely — that would be ridiculous! However, you may want to be aware so you can rinse your mouth and take other preventative measures after consuming them — or, so you can change the way you consume them, such as sipping them through a straw, etc.
Here are 8 foods that naturally give you pearly whites — and 7 that will stain just about everything, from your teeth to your carpets.
15 Pearly Whites: Strawberries
You may worry that strawberries will stain your teeth because of their bright red hue, but fear not — the delicious berries actually contain malic acid, which works as a natural astringent to help remove any pesky staining from the surface of your teeth. Many people even swear by mashing one up and rubbing it over their teeth as a bit of a natural toothpaste (in addition to your regular toothpaste, of course). And, they're fantastic for your health as well — it's a total win win! Plus, there are so many ways you can enjoy them, from plain to atop salads and more.
14 Stain Everything: Soy Sauce
Soy sauce is something that most people consume in moderation, for a variety of reasons. First of all, it's packed with sodium — which can add a great boost of flavour to your meal, but should also be something that those with high blood pressure are mindful of. And, soy sauce is super concentrated — which means that dark liquid has an even more powerful potential to stain those pearly whites. Obviously, there's no reason to avoid soy sauce altogether if it's a staple of your sushi eating routine, but you should just be careful and make sure you're using it sparingly.
13 Pearly Whites: Nuts And Seeds
Okay, this one may sound a bit strange, but hear us out. Most seeds and nuts have a bit of an abrasive texture, which means that while you're munching on them, their texture actually works sort of like an exfoliant to remove surface stains from your teeth. They won't immediately whiten very discolored teeth, but they'll definitely make an impact on some of those lesser stains that are bugging you. Plus, nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients and plenty of healthy fats, so they're a great addition to anyone's diet. Just make sure to enjoy a variety and not stick to one type.
12 Stain Everything: Coffee
You knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier! Most people know that the fragrant, caffeinated brew has the potential to stain teeth, thanks to the pesky tannins in it — and the level of acidity it has. Some people are willing to accept the stains in exchange for consuming their beloved morning cup of joe. If you're not, consider consuming it in a slightly different way — while it's great to sip your morning cup out of your favourite mug, many people swear by sipping coffee from a straw so that their teeth don't get quite as discolored.
11 Pearly Whites: Apples
Everyone's heard the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it turns out it just might keep the dentist away as well! At least, if your main goal in visiting the dentist is to polish your pearly whites. Apples have a very high water content, which helps to increase your production of saliva — and that, in turn, helps wash away all that pesky bacteria that leads to stains on your teeth. Plus, the crunching of the fibrous fruit helps to strengthen your gums, which makes apples a double powerhouse for your oral health — and a tasty snack!
10 Stain Everything: Dark Superfoods (Blackberries, Blueberries And Pomegranates)
Dark superfoods like blueberries, pomegranates and blackberries are absolutely packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and are something you should definitely be incorporating in your diet. However, there is one downside — just as those dark juices have the potential to stain your clothing or the surfaces around you, they also have the potential to stain the teeth. It's that rich pigmentation in the juicy fruit. So, while you shouldn't cut these superfoods out of your diet, you should just be aware that they may leave your teeth a little less white — sometimes, you have to make external sacrifices in order to maintain your inner health!
9 Pearly Whites: Cheese
Okay, we're not saying that you should eat a cheese board every night in the name of whiter teeth. However, cheese can actually be a great addition to your diet if you're looking to get those pearly whites sparkling. Cheese is packed with calcium, which strengthens your teeth and gums the same way it strengthens the bones in your body. And, most cheese contains casein, a milk protein that has a positive impact on your tooth enamel. So, next time you find yourself looking to indulge in a little snack, go for it — your teeth will thank you! Plus, who doesn't love a good cheese board?
8 Stain Everything: Tea
When it comes to your morning (or afternoon) caffeine fix, unfortunately tea is just as bad for staining as coffee is. Tea also is packed with tannins, and unfortunately different types stain — consuming a ton of green tea may potentially stain your teeth with a bit of a grey hue, while black tea will yield the same yellow-ish stains that coffee does. Many people aren't willing to cut out their caffeinated drink of choice, and that's fine — just be aware that those pesky tannins are having an impact on your smile, and know that you may need to invest in teeth whitening products to counteract their effects.
7 Pearly Whites: Baking Soda
Obviously, you're not going to want to consume straight up spoonfuls of baking soda — that would be absolutely vile — but if you're looking for a natural teeth whitening option in your pantry, look no further than baking soda. Brushing with a bit of baking soda can help scrub off the plaque and surface stains from your teeth, and give you a whiter smile. It's a great addition to your regular oral hygiene routine, not to mention an inexpensive one — it's far cheaper than any kind of teeth whitening products on the market, and chances are, you already have some in your pantry or fridge.
6 Stain Everything: Tomato-Based Sauces
Tomato-based sauces are staples in many cuisines, and can be a great, flavourful alternative to cream-based sauces that are loaded with fat. However, given the natural acidity of tomatoes and the rich red hue, you'll want to be careful of staining. Many people suggest eating something green beforehand to scrub your teeth a bit and create a film before you chow down on your bowl of tomato sauce covered pasta. You definitely shouldn't cut tomatoes out of your diet entirely, because they're absolutely loaded with nutrients, but you'll want to be careful when you're consuming them if you're looking to keep your pearly whites as white as possible.
5 Pearly Whites: Broccoli
Broccoli is a great addition to any diet — it's packed with nutrients and fiber, and it can be consumed so many ways, from raw with dip to steamed with spices. And, the coarse texture of the vegetable makes it a powerhouse for teeth whitening — those coarse greens scrub away at the dirty stuff on your teeth and help get your smile naturally whiter. Try to incorporate them in your diet whenever possible and you just might notice a difference. Even if you absolutely hated it when you were a kid, trust us, you'll want to give it a try now — it's absolutely delicious!
4 Stain Everything: Balsamic Vinegar
Many people turn to vinegars like balsamic vinegar as an alternative to more calorie-laden dressings and dipping sauces. And yes, sprinkling a bit of balsamic over your fresh, leafy salad is definitely better than drowning your lettuce in a calorie-packed creamy dressing. However, you definitely need to be careful of vinegar when it comes to your teeth. The acidity of vinegar will mean it sticks to your teeth a bit, and the dark hue of balsamic will potentially stain your smile. Like all the other items on this list, you'll just want to be mindful when you'er consuming it in order to avoid those stains.
3 Pearly Whites: Celery
Just like broccoli, celery is a very fibrous vegetable whose coarse texture and crunchability bodes well for your teeth. The water-packed vegetable helps keep your gum tissue healthy, thanks to all that crunching, and helps to keep your teeth white. Most people don't care for eating steamed celery unless it's an element of a soup or stew, so this is a snack you might want to consume raw. It's a great alternative to chips if you're looking for something crunchy to snack on — especially with a great healthy dip. Plus, celery is extremely low in calories, which makes it a great option for anyone looking to reduce their intake.
2 Stain Everything: Beets
Anyone who has ever used beets in a dish knows that they stain just about everything they touch, from your kitchen towels to your countertops — and unfortunately, your teeth are no exception to that rule. They're packed with nutrients and should absolutely be something you incorporate in your diet, but you'll definitely want to be careful when you're consuming them. You may be out of luck if you're chowing down at a restaurant, but if you're eating them at home, try to brush your teeth shortly after eating them to get rid of any stains that might be lingering on your teeth.
1 Pearly Whites: Milk And Yogurt
Talk about a powerhouse — not only does the calcium in your favourite yogurt or glass of milk whiten your teeth, it also strengthens the enamel. Now, you'll obviously have better results with more natural yogurts and dairy options, but try different products to see what you like and can see incorporating into your diet on the regular. There are many people who prefer alternatives to dairy milk, like coconut milk or almond milk, but there's definitely something to be said for regular dairy. It has so many health benefits and can be a great addition to your diet, provided you can digest it properly.