The good news is that you dont need to struggle hard for achieving a flawless sparkling smile. Just knowing what to eat and what not to eat and making relevant changes in your diet can immensely improve the color and health of your teeth.
Tooth enamel is the topmost layer and comes in direct contact with the food and fluid particles. The key is to avoid foods and fluids with chromogens, tannins and acids. Chormogens are compounds with strong pigments which cling to the enamel. Tannins are plant-based compounds which help the stain stick to your teeth. And, acids cause enamel erosion which makes it easy for the stains to set in.
Heres how you can eat right for the brightest of smiles:
- Berries no doubt are packed with antioxidants. However, their deep hues come from chromogens - one of the main culprits which stain your teeth and make your smile dull. So after eating these super foods, remember to rinse your teeth.
- Apart from your daily dose of energy, coffee and tea also give you spotted and yellow teeth. Both of them contain tannins. While coffee might contain very less amount of tannins, it is very acidic. If you cannot ditch these beverages completely, avoid excess consumption and always rinse your teeth afterwards.
- Eliminate sports drinks from your list of health beverages. Most of the sports drinks when consumed in excess may weaken and damage the tooth enamel because of their composition which is a mix of preservatives and acidic components.
- The calorie-packed sodas and sweets are also rich in acids which damage your pearly whites and increase the risk of teeth discoloration. And yes, diet soda is also a no-no if you want to keep your teeth healthy and white. Instead, make plain drinking water your best friend.
- Even wine can stain your teeth. If possible, pair a handful of nuts such as almonds with wine. Chewing nuts creates saliva which can combat plague and reduce the chances of teeth discoloration. You can also limit your intake of such drinks.
- Choose foods like strawberries, cheese, nuts. They offer a natural defense and help keep your teeth white. For e.g., cheese is rich in calcium, phosphorous and protein which safeguards your teeth from the damage caused by acid-rich foods.
Moderate consumption of acid-rich foods, regular brushing and flossing will also help you maintain healthy pearly whites. Also, rather than depending on over-the-counter teeth whitening products, consult a dentist who will help you maintain a healthy and sparkling smile for years to come.
A dental marketer at Michael G. Long DDS and a believer in holistic health, Grace Clark lives by the rule that health and happiness go hand in hand. She writes on various topics focusing on dental and oral hygiene, healthy living and holistic health. When shes not working or blogging, she enjoys spending her time with her family and volunteering at the local youth centers where she educates children about the importance of health and fitness.