We always hear about foods we should avoid eating. But good news! There are foods that actually promote a healthy mouth and a whiter smile!
What if you could eat your way to a whiter smile and stronger teeth? Although you’ll still need to brush and floss, some foods promote whiter, stronger teeth. How? Foods can have a positive impact on dental hygiene and teeth stain removal through their chemical, abrasive, and nutritional properties.
The chemical composition of certain foods actually can whiten your teeth - foods containing malic acid, for example. Malic acid is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in all fruits and many vegetables. It acts as a natural astringent that helps remove surface tooth discoloration.
Have you ever eaten a tart apple or sipped a “sharp” glass of wine? That sharp, tart flavor comes from malic acid!
Just like people’s personalities, some food is more abrasive than others. That means that as you chew an abrasive food, you’re letting the food you chew scrape off plaque from the surface of your teeth.
A word of caution about abrasive foods: You shouldn’t overuse abrasive foods or substances. If you overdo it, you could wear away your tooth enamel or even crack a tooth. The goal is not to wear down the surface of your tooth. You want only to loosen plaque buildup from the enamel of your teeth.
Calcium and phosphorous are important nutritional building blocks for healthy teeth. They help remineralize your tooth enamel, which is like the force field protecting your teeth.
Enjoy these toothsome taste treats for beneficial dental effects.
But remember having white teeth doesn’t necessarily mean that your teeth are healthy. It’s important to stay up-to-date with your dental check-ups and regular preventative care, like brushing and flossing.
Oh, and don’t crack open nuts with your teeth.
Consider Boger Dental to help you with simple cosmetic dental procedures, like teeth whitening or teeth bonding, or for more comprehensive smile restoration procedures.
The cosmetic dentistry procedures at Boger Dental are comfortable and convenient, typically involving only two to three office visits. Our team will tailor a plan to your unique needs and help you achieve the smile of your dreams.