Many of us know which foods and beverages cause stains on our teeth. Our teeth are susceptible to stains from the same products that might cause stains on a white t-shirt — coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce and beet root are some of the worst, according to an article in Express UK. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that Americans spent over $1.4 billion in a single year on drug store teeth whitening products. Luckily, there are plenty of foods that are known to naturally whiten our teeth, so you won’t have to spend extra money on getting rid of surface stains and discolouration. This article will list the nutritious foods that will improve the whiteness of your teeth, and that may already be in your kitchen!

Cashews, almonds, walnuts and even sesame seeds are proven to naturally improve the look and condition of our teeth. Nuts are crunchy and abrasive, helping scrub away stains and particles that collect on the surface. They also stimulate saliva, washing out plaque-forming bacteria.

You may already love these berries for their sweet taste, but you can also thank them for adding sparkle to your smile. Strawberries contain malic acid, which helps to get rid of surface stains.

Raw BroccoliPineapples are good for whitening teeth naturally
Raw, uncooked broccoli florets have endless nutritional benefits, and scrub away at food particles, residue and surface bacteria when you chew. They’re high in calcium too, which improves the strength of your teeth.

Pineapple is high in bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down the proteins known to create stains. Slice a few pieces for your fruit salad, or substitute it for your after-dinner dessert.

Apples in a basket

Rich in fibre and natural acids, biting into an apple can help get rid of discolouration and surface particles, as well as polish off plaque and rub away residue. Did you know that there are over 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? So, if you find MacIntosh apples too sweet and Granny Smith too sour, there are plenty of others to try.