Nutrition and Your Smile – The Right Foods for a Brighter Smile
There are so many gels, toothpastes, and strips advertised every day claiming they can give you a brighter, whiter smile in just mere days. But did you know, the solution to a brighter smile might be in the foods you’re currently eating? Here, we’ll examine the best foods to give you a brighter smile and foods to stay away from if your smile is less than bright.
Foods to Avoid for a Brighter Smile
Let’s start with the foods and beverages that may be affecting your smile right now. Despite what these tooth-whitening products may be doing for your teeth, if you continue to enjoy these certain beverages/foods, you may never get the smile you want.
Foods that stain your teeth:
- Dark drinks
- Popsicles, slushes
- Soy sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- Tomato sauce
Foods to Brighten Your Teeth
Yes, some of your favorite foods and drinks may have ended up on the Don’t list, but let’s see if we can brighten your day by offering you the ideal foods and drinks for a whiter smile.
Foods that brighten your teeth:
Essentially, crunchy foots and vegetables are ideal for clearing out plaque and polishing the teeth and gums. Additionally, foods that crunch such as apples and celery increase saliva product that protects oral health.
Strawberries are nature’s teeth polishes that produce an enzyme called malic acid that keeps your teeth white and sparkling. And cheese, yes cheese! Cheese, especially white cheddar, contains a type of lactic acid that decreases toothy decay.
Also, a great beverage to have on hand is green tea. Among all of its health benefits, green tea is essential to removing tooth decay and protecting your teeth.
It’s best to think of it this way: dark food and beverages like red wine and coffee will stain your teeth while brighter foods and natural vegetables and fruits will decrease the yellowish color. Essentially, when you leave coffee in a cup for a period of time and then pour it down the drain, you’ll notice the dark residue left on the cup – this is how it happens on your teeth as well.
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