Words of Wisdom No. 1: White Teeth Diet
Nothing defines you the same way your smile does. While there’s a lot of products out there that will bleach and remove stains, take an orthodontist’s advice from Virginia Orthodontics experts and let nature do it for you: engage yourself in a white teeth diet. A lot of the foods we eat will naturally do the work for us.
When aiming for white teeth, stay away from foods that naturally stain, like coffee and teas, wine, chocolate, and beets. Instead, go for neutral colored but protein-rich foods like cheese and yogurt, or vegetables that won’t stick in your teeth. Choose a healthy pick like broccoli, and you get the added benefit of dietary iron which provides additional protection.
Certain foods stimulate saliva production, helping to neutralize as well as disperse bacteria that are harmful to your enamel. These foods include apples, citrus foods, raisins, and water-rich vegetables including radishes, carrots, and celery. Certain fruits (especially strawberries but also kiwis, apricots, watermelon, raspberries, and others) contain malic acid, which is known to combat staining bacteria. Eating pineapples is particularly a good choice, as they are rich in bromelain, which helps remove stains and break up plaque.
Finally, a little gentle scrubbing can go a long way. Hard foods such as nuts and seeds can help rub off plaque. Some even suggest using baking soda in lieu of toothpaste every once in a while as a gentle exfoliation of sorts, helping to remove buildup around your teeth.
Of course, you cannot possibly forget, the good and golden 8 cups of water a day. Among many other benefits, drinking water removes food particles immediately, dislodging bacteria and removing the damaging food particles lodged in your teeth.
There’s so many healthy choices when it comes to your white teeth diet. Here at Fredericksburg Orthodontics, we’re always happy to give you the expert orthodontist’s advice. From natural remedies to complex procedures, we are here to make sure you keep on smiling.
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White Teeth Diet