Natural Teeth Whitening Tips
Perfect white teeth and good oral health is everyone’s desire. These goals can be achieved through healthy eating habits, proper oral care and regular dental check-ups. Certain food and drink items can also help you assist in good oral health and teeth whitening.
Let’s look into food and drink items that help healthy oral health.
We often see advertisements for teeth-whitening toothpaste, and one of the ingredients often found in these toothpastes is malic acid. It acts like a natural astringent that helps in removing tooth discoloration. Malic acid is found in high concentration in strawberries.
After eating strawberries you should wait for at least 30 mins before brushing your teeth (this should be followed for other acidic food items as well). It is important to do so as strawberries also contain citric acid which can weaken the enamel of the teeth.
- Carrots, Apples, and Celery:
Most of us enjoy eating crunchy vegetables and fruits like carrots, apples and celery. But what is more interesting is that these fruits and veggies can help us in stimulating saliva production and getting rid of bacteria and plaque. They are also rich sources of vitamins and minerals that help in teeth strengthening.
- Leafy Greens:
We often get advised to eat our leafy greens to stay healthy. These leafy greens like kale, lettuce and spinach are packed with high nutritional value. They help us with inflammation of gums, resisting plague and bacteria and help in cell repair and growth.
When your teeth’s enamel starts to wear away due to factors like dry mouth, and sugary and acidic foods, it causes exposure to dentin which might cause your teeth to appear yellow. You might wonder how does cheese help? Well, cheese also has good nutritional value that helps strengthen bones and tooth enamel. Cheese also helps in repairing tooth enamel as it contains protein and casein. However this cannot be achieved with processed cheese, so we should avoid it.
- Sugar-free Gums:
Chewing stimulates the production of saliva that neutralizes and washes away acids in the mouth that were formed while food breaks down. And chewing sugar-free gums and help you with good oral health and also protect your teeth.
An vital part of our dental health is saliva which consists of a large percentage of water. Water protects our teeth from decay and enamel chipping as it dilutes sugary drinks that damage our teeth. Even water has a lot of minerals that protect our gums from diseases and promotes overall oral health. To keep our mouth clean remember to drink water and swish after eating.
- Baking Soda:
Baking soda due to its alkaline nature and mild abrasiveness is often used as an alternative to toothpaste. Baking soda mixed with a little amount of water can be made into a paste. Applying this mixture on a toothbrush and brushing for two mins can help with tooth discoloration and removing plague from the tooth’s surface.