You might be aware than certain practices such as smoking or drinking red wine or coffee can stain your teeth. But did you know that you can eat for a brighter smile? A purposeful dental diet can actually brighten your smile because certain foods can help you take a proactive, natural approach in whitening your teeth and keeping them healthy.
For example, pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that acts as a natural stain remover and breaks up plaque and bacteria on the teeth. Carrots stimulate saliva production, helping your mouth naturally rinse itself. They also contain vitamin A, which enhances healthy tooth enamel. Basil contains essential oils that depress the production of bacteria in the mouth, as well as being naturally antibacterial to fight microorganisms that do occur. Sesame seeds and other nuts act as “scrubbers” that help remove plaque buildup and give you a brighter smile.
Salmon and cheese contain calcium and vitamin D, which naturally assist with health and repair of teeth. Onions and garlic, particularly when eaten raw, contain sulfur compounds that reduce the bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay. And broccoli is a natural protector, as the iron it contains acts as a barrier on your teeth to block enamel damage.
Eating these foods can increase the health and beauty of your smile. And don’t forget to maintain regular cleanings at Danville Family Dentistry — you will be proud to show off the results you get from taking a hand in your own dental care!