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5 Non-Dairy Foods to Naturally Reduce Tooth Stains

teeth health dentist smileBeyond the usual brushing and flossing, there are a few more things you can do to reduce surface stains on your teeth. There are foods that aid in removal of stains and plaque to help your smile to look whiter.

Cheese is a very good option since it helps to remove food stuck between the teeth. Cheese will stimulate saliva which helps to keep your teeth strong and protects against tooth decay since cheese contains lactic acid and calcium. However, some people are not fans of dairy products.

The following non-dairy food items will give you a whiter smile:


Pineapple is good for a sparkling smile since it contains bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory and is a stain remover. A slice of pineapple and cheddar cheese are good choices for breakfast.


Apples contain malic acid which is astringent and helps to remove stains from the surface of teeth. The fibrous peels of an apple will also help to clean the teeth and remove any accumulated bacteria. An apple a day will keep the dentist away.


Seaweed contains bacterial enzymes that help to fight off plaque and even produce the desired whitening effects. You can get seaweed on sushi or eat baked seaweed for healthy, strong and white teeth.

Carrots and Celery

These can make a good healthy snack. In fact, raw veggies are the healthiest type of snack. Besides being good for your overall health, carrots and celery are good for your dental health. Carrots and celery are crunchy vegetables that scrub off food debris between teeth and will stimulate the production of saliva that washes down food particles. Similarly good vegetables are green beans and broccoli that help whiten teeth and prevent plaque buildup.

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If you have tried natural methods then a visit to the hygienist can help remove any remaining stubborn surface stains.

Once surface stains are removed you are looking at your natural tooth colour.


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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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