All in Good Taste: The White Teeth Diet
Teeth whitening is a multibillion-dollar business. While whitening agents are effective and safe in moderation, they’re not for everyone. Many individuals with sensitive teeth or previous restorations are forced to forego bleaching.
If bleaching isn’t for you, whiten and brighten with something you already do—eating. What you eat can help (or hurt) your teeth. These foods can complement an already top-notch teeth care routine.
Don’t let their cardinal color confuse you—strawberries contain malic acid, an astringent that removes tooth discoloration on the surface.
Crunchy veggies like celery do wonders for your waistline and your gum line. These fiber-rich foods stimulate saliva, which helps wash away food debris. Try switching up celery with broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower—these vegetables deliver many of the same benefits.
• Dairy – there is plenty to go around in Wisconsin!
Low-fat milk, yogurts and cheeses are all white smile superstars. In addition to tooth-strengthening calcium, dairy contains lactic acid. This acid fights decay and acts as a shield to harmful bacteria.
Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, the most potent anti-inflammatory nutrient. And foods that reduce inflammation may protect against gum disease. Mix flax into muffins or your morning smoothie.
• And in moderation, gum(s)
Sugarless gum can also help your smile. Gum promotes saliva production, which rinses your mouth while freshening your breath. Look for gum with sugar-free sweeteners like xylitol, a natural sweetener that helps prevent decay-forming bacteria from doing damage.
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