Teeth whitening is the #1 requested cosmetic service according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Typically this service ranges in price from $200 to $500 for at home whitening kits with trays made at the dental office to $500 to $1000 for in office procedures. Outside the dental office it is just as popular, with Americans spending billions of dollars each year on over the counter teeth whitening products. But there are ways we can help whiten our smiles with the right diet. There are certain “toothbrush foods” such as fresh apples, fresh green beans, celery, carrots, cauliflower and other crunchy fruits and veggies when sliced and eaten raw, gently “scrub” the teeth. They are also high in nutrients and low in calories and gently massage the gums and promote blood flow helping to keep gum tissue healthy. They also increase saliva flow which protects our oral health. You can stay away from the big stainmakers: tea, coffee, blueberries, red wines, soy sauce, and colas. There are also some surprises: white wine, and sport drinks which contain high stain promoting acids. If you can’t give up your favorite stainmakers, drink water with meals and rinse after eating. You don’t have to rinse and spit, but just a simple sip and swish and swallow after your meal. Or visit Remmers Dental for a complete at home whitening kit which at our office runs about $340, and watch for specials offered at certain times throughout the year.