Five Foods that Naturally Whiten Teeth

We all know that certain foods and drinks like coffee, tea and berries can stain teeth. Our first reaction to that problem would be to go the store and buy whitening toothpaste and strips. But did you know that there are some foods that naturally whiten teeth?



Apples are capable of much more than just keeping the doctor away. Eating a crunchy apple helps scrub your teeth and remove excess food and bacteria. Apples contain a high concentration of malic acid, a chemical used in whitening toothpaste.


Broccoli isn’t the most popular food for anyone under the age of 12, but eaten raw, the crunchy florets can gently brush teeth. On top of that, the iron in broccoli has been found to protect tooth enamel by creating a type of barrier.


Snacking on celery isn’t just good for you but it’s great for your teeth. It acts as a natural stain remover by stimulating saliva production. Celery also acts like a natural toothbrush by scrubbing your teeth as you chew.


Not only is pineapple delicious in a cocktail, but it’s also an excellent stain remover! Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that naturally removes stains from teeth. It also helps prevent tooth erosion by breaking up plaque from your teeth, resulting in a whiter smile.

Shiitake Mushrooms

These mushrooms are filled with a type of sugar called lentinan. Curiously, lentinan doesn’t promote tooth decay but instead, stops it from forming by preventing the bacteria that causes plaque from increasing.

Schedule an appointment today with North Tonawanda Family Dentistry for a bright and healthy smile. We offer professional teeth whitening and can lighten your smile in just one visit! We can’t wait to help you get a healthy, bright and shining smile.