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You already know that diet plays a part in your overall health and well-being, but did you know that what you put into your mouth can affect your oral health? If you want to keep your chompers in good condition, here’s what to enjoy and avoid. In the past, we’ve provided some teeth whitening procedures you may want to look at in combination with these fabulous bright smile techniques below.
- Sugary sweets, such as candy, cakes and soft drinks: too much sugar that does not come naturally from fruits or vegetables can cause decay in the mouth and eventually lead to the loss of teeth. Sucrose, specifically, is known for building up dental plaque and bacteria in the mouth.
- Highly acidic drinks, such as citrus fruit juices, soft drinks, and black tea: Acidic drinks are known to cause damage and decay of the teeth – if you must drink acidic beverages, diluting with water can help. This also goes for acidic foods such as citrus fruit, tomatoes, lemons, and anything processed in vinegar.
- Fast food and high-calorie foods: The dangers of obesity include poor oral health, which is more frequently seen in this population.
- A common thing that most of us are guilty of is to use our teeth as ‘tools’ to cut things like strings or open glass beer bottle caps. I’ve even seen someone trying to shorten a thin copper wire by using his teeth! Keep proper tools like a pair of scissors or a bottle opener at hand for such occasions.
- Avoid using the same toothbrush for more than two months to avoid any bacteria accumulated on it.
- Sugar-free chewing gum: Ever wonder why 9 out of 10 dentists recommend Trident? There really are oral health benefits to chewing gum after meals. Chewing gum not only increases saliva in the mouth – which helps to destroy bacteria and prevent cavities — but it can help to remove plaque and offer the teeth beneficial minerals that help to strengthen their enamel.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, specifically of the “crunchy” variety, because they too contain fluoride.
- Calcium-rich foods, such as yogurt, cheese, salmon, tofu, and green, leafy vegetables also help to strengthen tooth enamel – and, as an added bonus, can aid in preventing osteoporosis.
- To avoid having halitosis, or bad breath, that is caused by bacteria on your tongue, drink green tea which reduces levels of sulfur compounds present in foods like onions and garlic.
- Rinsing you mouth with coconut oil for ten to fifteen minutes will help kill bacteria as it has been shown to possess germ killing properties. Making a paste of a mixture of coconut oil with baking powder also helps to fight cavities.
- Enjoy eating pineapple knowing that it will help whiten your teeth as it contains an enzyme called bromelain which is a natural stain remover.
Adrienne writes for special-interest magazines and has worked on the production of women’s lifestyle channels at AOL as well as at E! Entertainment Television. She graduated from CUNY Baruch, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper The Ticker.