Dental hygiene is important to keeping our teeth bright and white, but did you know you could eat your way to brighter teeth as well? 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 teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body, therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile. In order to achieve a healthier, whiter smile, try these foods out:
Pineapples. Research shows that the enzyme known as bromelain in which can be found in pineapples, acts as a natural stain remover, but there are lots of foods with citric acid that act similarly. Just remember that too much acidic foods will begin to weaken your tooth enamel.
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. Not only does it keep your eyesight intact, but eating raw carrots also stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleanser, in order to keep harmful bacteria at bay, ensuring that your dental checkups go smoothly.
Basil. Basil is a natural antibiotic in which reduces bacteria in the mouth, and garlic helps bacteria away as well, so if you really think about it, pizza is an excellent option to make your mouth healthy.
Cheese. Incredibly rich in protein, cheese can not only help strengthen your teeth, but it can also help buffer acids in your mouth that can lead to further dental issues.
To learn more about foods that whiten, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.