Nature’s dazzlers: the 5 foods for a fabulous smileMarch 9, 2020 9:56 am
There’s nothing nicer than a gleaming smile – though getting one can feel like a very hard task. Stains seem to appear out of nowhere, and even if you’re a fastidious brusher you might still notice a slightly grey or yellow tinge when you smile at the bathroom mirror. Surely, the only way to get a Hollywood smile is to go out and pay for it? However, help is at hand – and it’s of the natural kind. If your teeth are looking less than their shiny-white best, then you might want to look at the foods you’re eating. Everyday food and drink like coffee and sweets, along with the daily stresses of life, can all conspire to create stains and discolouration. The good news is that there’s plenty of foods that can help reverse that effect. Here’s the top foods to choose for a naturally white smile.
Water is at the top of our list. When it comes to dental health, it really is a superfood! Water helps keep your mouth best able to look after itself – replenishing saliva stocks, so you are able to wash away all kind of food debris and bad stuff. It also helps lower the acidity levels of your mouth, reducing the impact of acid attacks on tooth enamel. For best results, keep a water bottle with you through the day and take regular sips. Don’t choose sparkling water as this doesn’t have the same health benefits. Aim for around eight glasses during the day. You should also sip water while drinking alcohol or eating naughty treats, for maximum cleaning power.
- Acidic fruit – strawberries, oranges, pears, and pineapple
These tasty fruits are all naturally acidic, which helps remove surface discolorations from teeth. They also contain plenty of good-for- you vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C helps remove pieces of plaque, and antioxidants reduce the levels of harm-causing bacteria. In particular, strawberries contain malic acid which is a natural whitener, and pineapple contains bromelain, a cleansing and stain-removing agent. Just make sure you don’t snack on them too often, otherwise the acid and natural sugar contained in these fruits might damage teeth.
- Crunchy fruit and veggies – apples, celery and carrots
The satisfying crunchiness of these foods helps naturally scrub teeth clean. All of them also have a high water content, which helps stimulate saliva production, washing teeth clean of stains and nasties. The rule is – the more saliva, the better. Apples also contain more of that great stuff, malic acid, which helps whiten teeth. The fibre in celery offers a toothbrush-like effect, exfoliating stains away. To boot, the vitamin A in carrots help strengthen tooth enamel.
- Dairy – milk, yoghurt, and cheese
Contrary to popular belief, cheese doesn’t stain teeth. In fact, all of these dairy items contain lactic acid and calcium, which whitens teeth and helps strengthen them. Phosphorous and protein help protect against decay also. The American Academy of Periodontology published a study, that showed those consuming dairy regularly were less likely to develop gum disease.
- Chewy veggies – cauliflower and broccoli
Just like our crunchy vegetable listing, this type of vegetable helps naturally clean stains away from teeth, making them appear whiter. Taking the time to chew also helps stimulate saliva production, creating even more natural cleaning power. Like celery, broccoli contains fibre which helps clean and polish teeth. The iron content of raw broccoli also helps protect teeth against acid damage by giving it an invisible, super-strong coating.
- Other solutions
If you’re looking for something with a little more ‘wow’ value, there is always the professional option. Drs. Nicolas & Asp in Dubai offer Zoom teeth whitening from Philips that can be done in your lunch hour. It’s quick, simple and effective – giving up to seven shades of uplift. If you’re serious about having a shiny white smile, then it’s worth investigating!
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