We all know that there are some foods that cause staining when you eat them, but did you know there are foods that may help reduce stains on your teeth? It’s true, and here’s a list of 7 great teeth whitening foods.

A basket full of strawberries


Strawberries are often thought to be staining foods, but they can actually be helpful to reduce stains. The strawberries contain malic acid that can help remove stains. You can eat strawberries or turn them into a paste you smear on your teeth for a few minutes. Then rinse with water.

Raw Broccoli

The secret to broccoli is in the florets. The florets of raw broccoli can help scrub your teeth, removing staining particles.

Apples, Pears, Carrots, and Celery

These crunchy fruits and vegetables are great ways to finish your meal. They can help scrub teeth with their hard particles. Chewing them also increases saliva production, which helps combat bacteria on your teeth.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are another option for foods that can help scrub your teeth with their hard particles.

Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt

Dairy foods are great for your teeth. Of course they contain calcium, an essential nutrient for your teeth enamel. However, they also contain lactic acid, which works as a buffer between your teeth and the harmful acids secreted by bacteria. Finally, the cultures in yogurt may provide an antibacterial effect, reducing the amount of bacteria in your mouth and protecting your teeth and gums.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has long been used as a tooth whitening home remedy, and its effectiveness has been upheld. You can either brush with a commercial toothpaste that contains the ingredient or brush your teeth with straight baking soda.


Water is one of the best foods for keeping your teeth white. First, every time you’re drinking water, you’re not drinking a beverage that could stain your teeth. Second, water works great for rinsing away food particles and plaque. Finish every meal with a tall drink of water, and you’ll have a brighter smile you’re happy to show off.

Still Not Happy?

If you’ve been trying these home remedies for whitening your teeth, but you still aren’t happy with the whiteness of your teeth, we can help with professional teeth whitening solutions.

To learn more about your tooth whitening options, please contact our Spokane cosmetic dentists today at (509) 532-1111.