smart snacking - keep your smile beautiful
There are many ways to improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Not only brushing and flossing twice a day and having your regular check up with the general dentist but foods also. Certain foods are naturally good for your teeth, acting as nature’s own mouthwash and floss.
Strawberries, apples and pears help to remove stains with their gentle acids. Raw, crunchy foods such as carrot and celery also make great abrasives and massage gums to keep them healthy.
Amp up your smile by increasing your daily levels of dark green vegetables and dairy. Healthy levels of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus strengthen and enhance tooth enamel, which prevents stains and keeps your chompers strong.
Black tea, coffee and red wine are the worst for staining enamel, so if you don’t want to abstain, add milk to tea and coffee or swish water in your mouth afterwards. Use a straw for cold beverages to minimise contact with teeth.
Keep sugar-free mint gum handy for a post-meal clean-out, but try not to overuse it; gum is best in moderation. It encourages the production of saliva, nature’s own mouthwash, as well as removing food and drink stains.
Celery provides two dental benefits: chewing it produces extra saliva and neutralizes bad bacteria, and the stringy parts of the vegetable slide between your teeth and act as natural dental floss.
Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D, which helps with calcium absorption, thus keeping your teeth strong. Vitamin D also has anti-inflammatory effects which help you fend off gum diesease. Furthermore, shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a sugar that prevents plaque production.
Milk and cheese are naturally good for your teeth. Not only do they provide calcium, which helps make teeth and bones strong, they also deliver casein, a protein that reduces cavity formation.