We all know how important it is to brush our teeth and floss every day, as well as visit the dentist for regular cleanings twice a year. Taking care of our teeth in these ways not only keeps those nasty cavities away but prevents damage to the tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth. Also, we all desire to have a beautiful, sparkling white smile. Aside from the regular above-mentioned ways to care for your teeth, there are various natural means to encourage more healthy teeth, gums, and enamel. Let’s look at three foods that naturally whiten your teeth and brighten your smile.
Strawberries: Although these luscious and healthful berries will stain your fingers and clothes, they are wonderful for teeth whitening. They contain an ingredient called malic acid, which is an enzyme. So, just how do you gain the benefit from this wonderful fruit? Puree one strawberry, mix with ½ tsp. of baking soda then dip your toothbrush in the concoction. Let the mixture set on your teeth for five minutes, then brush your teeth as you normally do. NOTE: Only use this particular technique once a week, because overusing it will break down tooth enamel.
Cheese, yogurt, or milk: Lactic acid, which is an ingredient in many kinds of cheese, protects the enamel of your teeth because it neutralizes bad acids in your mouth, increases the saliva flow, and remember, it’s full of calcium, phosphorus, and protein – all of which are teeth strengthening ingredients. It’s no wonder the Dentistry journal discovered that children who ate yogurt several times a week had fewer tooth decay issues than children who did not eat the yogurt.
Apples: Of course, almost all of us have heard the old saying “ an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It may do that and keep the dentist away, as well. Apples contain malic acid, the same ingredient in strawberries, and that is known to aid in the removal of discolored teeth. Another benefit of eating apples is the vigorous stimulation you get simply chewing on one. The act of eating an apple helps dislodge particles of food that may be trapped between the teeth. So, that’s why apples are referred to as nature’s toothbrush.
Keeping your teeth strong and healthy and your smile beautifully white does not have to include a lot of expensive gimmicks. Common measures such as consistent oral hygiene habits, regular visits to your local dentist, and adding natural remedies to your routine will keep your teeth healthy and white for many years to come.
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Aubrey, TX 76227