A brighter smile with right nutrition

A brighter smile with right nutrition

The color of teeth

by D-r Stefan Anastasovski, DMD

The color of our teeth isn’t permanent. Several factors contribute and lead to better or worse teeth color.

The greatest teeth darkening contributor definitely are cigarettes. The aging factor is also a contributor. As we grow older our teeth tend to change towards the darker spectrum. This thinks occur because of the changes in the mineral structure that happen over the years. Our daily nutrition and the food products that we consume also affect our teeth color. Large quantities of coffee, tea, red and white wine, soda, colored foods contribute to darkening.

If you have the desire to improve your teeth color, you have a few choices. Firstly I would recommend some of the medical products. A wide range of such products exists today and they are all effective. Nevertheless I strongly recommend an obligatory visit to your dentist and consultation before you decide to use one of them.

Putting the previous method aside, I would like to focus on a different method and approach of teeth bleaching. A more natural method that is worth trying and of course we cost you much less than the previous one. I would like to explain which products of our everyday nutrition help in improving the teeth color. Such food exists and if properly applied and balanced, such food, can help you, each in its unique way. Nevertheless this type of teeth whitening requires patience and the results don’t happen fast, yet however knowledge of the effects of these products can help us enrich our daily nutrition.

Strawberries. One of the best teeth bleachers. The secret is an ingredient called malic acid that makes whitening possible. Beside by chewing them, their effects can be obtained also by crushing them to pulp and then gently apply them on the teeth with toothbrush. After leaving them for 5 minutes we rinse the mouth with water, brush and floss our teeth.

Nuts and sesame. Hazelnuts, almonds and others as well as sesame literally act as toothbrush and clean our teeth. By chewing them we increase the salivation that also helps clean the teeth.

Apples, pears, celery, carrots. They increase the salivation, act in the killing of pathogenic bacteria and clean the teeth, like a brush, because of their hardness and crunch factor. Carrots contain vitamin A which improves the structure of enamel.

Lemons, oranges, pineapples. Increase salivation and stimulate cleaning. We should be careful with the intake of lemons and their quantities.

Yogurt, milk, cheese. Dairy products contain lactic acid, which protects teeth from decay by forming a protective layer around the tooth. That’s why it is recommendable when drinking wine to combine the both. Taking a piece of cheese before every glass of wine will help in the protection of the teeth from the harmful effects of wine. The harder the cheese is the better is the cleaning effect.

Mentol leaves. Their benefit is accomplished by the mineral products that they release which form a protective layer on the tooth.

Basilica. It inhibits the harmful bacteria and their effects.  

Broccoli. They contain iron which helps in the formation of an acid-resistant cover which protects the tooth from acid attacks (from bacteria).

Baking soda and lemon. A homemade remedy that is often use. Used with mixing both ingredients and rinsing the mouth. As always caution when using lemons is necessary.     


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