The Nutrition Behind Whiter Teeth

October 10, 2012

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There are so many advertisements today
about how to get brighter, whiter teeth, and who doesn’t want perfect
pearly whites? From Crest 3D White mouthwash to the generic brands of whitening
strips, the amount of money made off theses products is overwhelming. For 20
treatments of Crest 3D White Professional Effects white strips, it costs
approximately $54! As a college student it may be difficult to find the extra
money to get your teeth brighter, but luckily there are ways to prevent your
teeth from stains and other erosion that may occur in your mouth!

According to Tips for
Sparkling White Teeth
, the
darker the food or beverage the greater staining potential it has on your
teeth. Black coffee is one of the biggest offenders, but when a splash milk is
added to help lighten the color, less harm may be done. Coffee’s partner in
crime is balsamic vinegar because of its extremely dark pigmentation; however,
there is another quick fix! Items such as lettuce, spinach, and other leafy
greens help to create a protective barrier over your teeth. On a similar note,
when eating tomato sauce try to combat the acidity with eating a salad before
to create the natural barrier.

Eating food that you have to bite into, such as
apples and carrots, are great for your chomps because they act as detergents
and naturally clean them. The biting, crunching, and chewing allow these foods
to brush up against your teeth and work their magic! Acid gets a pretty bad rap
when it comes to teeth because we are told that it wears away at our tooth
enamel, but it does have oral friendly benefits as well. The acid from the
fruit aids in killing some of the plaque residing on your teeth, as well as,
increasing saliva production. 

As for alcohol, red wine in particular, after
drinking a glass it is better to swish water around in your mouth instead of
brushing. Why you ask? The acid from the wine wears away at the tooth enamel,
eventually revealing the yellow underneath and opening up the pores in your
teeth. By brushing, it is possible to allow the pigmentation in and further
damage the enamel, so swish away! 

For more foods to naturally enhance your smile or
just for more information check out 7 Tips for
Whiter Teeth
and Food for White
Remember that eating smart is definitely something to
smile about!

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