We all want to show off a shiny set of pearly whites. We buy products over-the-counter, practice proper dental hygiene and even have a dental professional give us the works with a whitening procedure. But did you know there is a natural way to keep those teeth bright white in between dental visits? According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. Here are the top 10:
Pinapples. Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover. Bromelain also helps break up plaque.
Ginger. Ginger can protect against periodontal disease, an inflammatory process that causes the loss of bone and supportive connective tissue in your mouth.
Carrots. Carrots contain vitamin A, which is needed for healthy tooth enamel. Eating them raw stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleanser.
Basil. Basil is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth.
Cheese. Cheese is rich in protein, calcium, and phosphorus, all of which help reduce acid in your mouth.
Sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help “scrub” away the plaque on your teeth and contain bone and teeth-strengthening calcium.
Mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms contain a compound called lentinan, which inhibits bacteria from growing in your mouth.
Onions. Onions contain the sulfur compounds, thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates, which reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay. Problem is, you have to eat them raw.
Salmon. Salmon not only provides calcium but also vitamin D, another nutrient needed for healthy bones and teeth.
Broccoli. Broccoli contains iron, which helps form an acid-resistant film or barrier that can protect the enamel of your teeth.
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Dr. Yankowskas proudly accepts patients from Tyngsboro, Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable and all surrounding areas.