We rely on our dentist, fancy toothpaste, and toxic mouthwashes to keep our pearls and gums healthy. The emphasis of our oral care is on ways to “clean” teeth, but not on supporting our teeth and gums to fight bacteria and everything that we dump into our mouth. Without adequate nutrition from a balanced diet and a proper lifestyle, you will always end up spending money salvaging your teeth! Choose the right foods that whiten teeth and strengthen the gums and avoid foods that stain or harm sensitive teeth enamel.
Here are a few tips to help bring the confidence back in your smile!
According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of people with gum disease also have a chronic health condition like – diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. What is feeding the link? Not taking proper care of your mouth results in bacterial growth, which causes inflammation that not only spurs diseases of the teeth and gums but can cause problems for other body systems too if left unchecked.
Specific foods can help keep your smile bright and your gums healthy while some foods should be avoided, as they could stain your teeth. Listed below are some of the foods that help to whiten your teeth, as well as foods and beverages that stain your teeth and darken your smile.
Foods like sweet potatoes contain high amounts of vitamin C, which helps prevent gingivitis and strengthen gum tissue. Unlike other vitamin C rich foods (like citrus fruits), sweet potatoes do not have a high acidic content that can erode the tooth enamel. Cheese sticks to the plaque on your teeth and protects them from acidic foods, reducing tooth sensitivity. Raw carrots, celery, and apples are all known as naturally abrasive foods. Grilled chicken, beans, eggs are rich sources of protein that help maintain healthy gums.
All sodas contain phosphoric and citric acids that erode enamel. Choose water instead. Skimmed milk is better than sports drinks that contain loads of sugars, acids, and additives. Drink fortified orange juice instead of eating citrus fruits that contain harmful citric acid. Sip on black or green tea instead of red wine, that contains tannins which can easily stain your teeth. Read more to find out healthy alternatives for hard and sticky candies, dried fruit, refined carbohydrates, pickles and pickled foods and lower your risk of tooth loss and gum disease!
Clove oil protects nerves, soothes pain and prevents tooth decay. Peppermint oil helps freshen breath, reduce swelling, inflammation and tenderness. Myrrh oil helps fight gum disease, infections and soothes gums. Cinnamon oil helps freshen breath and cleanse the mouth. You can add these oils directly to your toothpaste or combine them with baking soda and use when brushing your teeth.
A straw can limit the decay caused by excessive drinking of sugary beverages and alcohol, by providing an additional layer of protection for our teeth and gums. Because, when we take a sip (or gulp) of some drink, whether it is out of a can, bottle, or glass, we tend to allow the liquid to linger in our mouths before swallowing. A straw limits this in some ways!
Some people have stained teeth, no matter how many times they brush. Most foods do not stain teeth, but if you are a tea or a coffee drinker or if you smoke, you can pretty much count on having discolored teeth from staining. However, there are some easy ways like – coconut oil pulling, using apple-cider-vinegar, lemon and orange peels, and strawberries to naturally whiten your teeth at home.
Yellow teeth are a very common problem. There are a number of ways to get rid of yellow teeth. This post covers 7 effective home remedies using baking soda, lemon, charcoal, salt, bay leaves, margosa (neem) and turmeric for teeth whitening at home.
Strawberries contain good amount of vitamin C, which help in making your teeth whiter. Take a few strawberries and grind them to make a paste. Now use this paste to rub your teeth gently. If done twice daily for a few weeks, the yellow tinge on your teeth will vanish.
Banana peel if gently rubbed on your teeth for 2 minutes, the amazing minerals in the peel like potassium, magnesium, and manganese absorb into your teeth and whiten them!
Baking soda and sea salt are healthy and safe alternatives to your processed toothpaste. They have several benefits and cater to overall oral health. Sea salt has a number of minerals that include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium, all of which benefit oral care. Sodium Bicarbonate naturally helps whiten teeth, as it is highly alkaline and helps fight bacteria and bad breath. It also helps remove tartar easily and keeps it away.