20 Feb Certain Foods Can Even Help To Keep Teeth White
At Fairbanks Family Dental Care, we know our patients strive for good dental care that will keep teeth strong and white. Eating habits are an important part of that care, and certain foods can even help to keep teeth white. In between dental cleanings we recommend reaching for foods that naturally clean our smiles; a well balanced, nutritious diet goes a long way in fostering healthy teeth.
The following foods are perfect for maintaining a healthy, shiny smile:
Baking Soda. Baking soda is good for whitening teeth. Many people brush their teeth with nothing more than baking soda and water, because its gritty texture washes away stains and plaque build-up. But at Fairbanks, we suggest using a toothpaste that includes baking soda in its formula, since these toothpastes have many additional ingredients that are beneficial to our teeth.
Citrus. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits cause our mouths to form saliva, which helps to rinse away bad bacteria and food particles that may be stuck to our teeth. However, watch how much citrus is eaten, since it’s acidic—and acid (especially in lemons) can be hard on tooth enamel.
Carrots, Apples, and Celery. All three of these foods act in a similar manner to citrus. They cause our mouths to salivate, which helps to flush out the bad bacteria in our mouths. These three foods also have a unique crunch and texture that helps to remove food from teeth and, like a toothbrush, can scrub the surface of our teeth.
These foods are ideal for helping to maintain a healthy diet, as well as a bright smile. And remember, two dental cleanings a year are required to professionally remove stain and plaque buildup on teeth. At Fairbanks Family Dental Care, we want to help our patients care for their teeth on their schedule, so we also offer at-home whitening kits that include custom-made dental trays for optimum effect. Here’s to the health of our patients and all those beautiful smiles!
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