We all want pearly whites, but it isn’t the easiest thing to maintain. Depending on lifestyle choices we make, things like drinking coffee or smoking can take a toll on our bright smile. There are lots of products you can use to brighten dingy teeth, but did you know that you have natural ways to whiten your teeth? According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. In between teeth whitening visits, try eating the following foods to keep your smile beautiful:
Pineapples can help whiten teeth. Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover while breaking up plaque.
Ginger can protect against periodontal disease, an inflammatory process that causes the loss of bone and supportive connective tissue in your mouth.
Carrots contain vitamin A, great for healthy tooth enamel. Eating them raw stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleanser.
Basil is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth.
Cheese is rich in protein, calcium, and phosphorus, all of which help reduce acid in your mouth.
Sesame seeds help “scrub” away the plaque on your teeth and contain bone and teeth-strengthening calcium.
Shiitake mushrooms contain a compound called lentinan, which inhibits bacteria from growing in your mouth.
Onions contain the sulfur compounds, thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates, which reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay, but only raw.
Salmon not only provides calcium but also vitamin D, another nutrient needed for healthy bones and teeth.
Broccoli contains iron, which helps form an acid-resistant film to protect the enamel of your teeth.
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