Black coffee, dark berries, red wine, hard candy and tea get in the way of enjoying pearly whites. However, certain foods will help you enjoy gleaming white teeth. Below are four foods that will give you a brilliant beam this year:
Apples/ crunchy fruits and veggies
Chomping on some crunchy fruits and fresh green veggies like apples, green beans, broccoli, celery, carrots, cauliflower, sprouts, romaine, kale and spinach will definitely whiten and strengthen your teeth. As you chew, these vegetables scrub away any surface stains. Just like green vegetables, crunchy fruits remove excess bacteria and food from your mouth. They also increase saliva in the mouth. A great amount of saliva in the mouth is the body's best defense mechanism against plaque and bacteria buildup. Veggies and fruits also contain Vitamin C, which is effective at killing odor-causing bacteria. Vitamin C also strengthens gums.
Cheese (and other dairy products)
Dairy products contain high levels of lactic acid, phosphorus, calcium and protein. All these are effective at getting rid of bacteria and strengthening the enamel. Dairy products, especially cheese, contain Casein, a special type of protein that works with phosphorus and calcium to repair the enamel. Protein also binds the teeth and prevents acid from causing damage. Moreover, hard cheese is great for teeth whitening. This is because it helps in saliva production, which removes any food particles left in the mouth.
Despite their red color, strawberries boast of a whitening effect on your teeth. They are rich in malic acid. This natural astringent helps lift stains. Crush these berries and apply them to your teeth. Leave for about five minutes. Rinse your mouth thoroughly. Also, remember to floss in order to get the strawberries seeds out.
Banana or orange peel
Before tossing these peels into the garbage, use them to whiten your teeth. Buff your teeth with the inside of an orange or banana peel for approximately one minute a number of times every week. Wait for ten minutes and brush using standard toothpaste. The inside portion of these peels contain a compound by the name of limonene. Limonene is a natural tooth cleaner. Bananas contain high amounts of manganese, magnesium and potassium, which are effective at removing stains and whitening them. Additionally, they have Vitamin D and calcium, which help strengthen your teeth.
For more information or advice, contact a local dental expert, such as those found at Dental 777 Maddington.