If there is anything that we look for in our smile, it is for it to be bright and clean. The whiter the smile, the healthier we assume the smile is. We brush with special toothpastes and schedule appointments for our teeth to be whitened. But did you know that you can improve your smile just by chewing certain foods? It’s true! According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. The more active our mouths are, the less likely it is to develop cavity-causing bacteria to wreak havoc on our gorgeous grins. And because they mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body, it is important to consume foods that influence the health of your smile. Think it’s impossible? It isn’t. In order to achieve a healthier, whiter smile, try out these everyday foods:
Pineapples. Research shows that the enzyme known as bromelain in which can be found in pineapples, acts as a natural stain remover.
Ginger. Ginger acts as an ant-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue. Since periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that causes the loss of bone and supportive connective tissue in your mouth, ginger can act as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve some of the inflammation.
Carrots. Eating raw carrots stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleanser.
Basil. Basil is a natural antibiotic in which reduces bacteria in the mouth.
Cheese. Incredibly rich in protein, cheese can help buffer acids in your mouth.
To learn more about teeth whitening foods, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.