Well, refined white Sugar is a processed food, of course. I think if we are serious about
having healthy teeth, we'll use xyiitol instead. Great benefits to teeth and overall health.
Reduces plaque for one thing.
Raw foods in general, even including raw animal products, help remineralize teeth, reduce
I found this online, am sure the recommendations not only help whiten teeth but reduce
plaque (plaque itself goes along with staining). I don't agree with what he says about the necessity
of professional cleaning, but then he IS a dentist!
The ‘white smile diet
Tuesday October 23 2007 18:39 IST
Dr Ashish Shetty
People with great smiles radiate warmth that draws others to them instantly. A healthy smile is an indicator of an overall good health. Apart from standard commercial pastes and washes, there is a an array of natural products and practices that can give you something new to smile about. If you're thinking of brightening your smile, start with what you eat and drink.
While daily home care and regular professional cleanings are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, certain foods can help remove stains from your teeth.
According to American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD) apples, pears, celery, carrots, cauliflower and cucumbers naturally clean the teeth by producing saliva.
Grainy produce like these are ideal for snacking as their natural fibres produce antibacterial agents in saliva.
Whiten with food Dentists and nutritionists at the Miami Institute for Age Management and Intervention have come up with the ‘White Smile Diet' - a low-cal and low stress diet - that can get your teeth white and lose weight at the same time.
This diet involves swapping red wine for white, black coffee for the white variety and finishing a meal with a swig of milk to neutralise acid in the mouth. It includes a lot of fresh vegetables, citrus products and proteins - food that naturally whiten and brighten the teeth.
The foods that help maintain the teeth whiter are high fibre.
With the white smile diet, one meal could include a tuna steak, and a stir-fry of cauliflower, carrots, zucchini and pears. A snack could include a fruit salad with light-coloured fruits such as apples, pears, pineapple, or bright coloured strawberries or lemons.
Carrots, cauliflower, and cucumbers are also ideal for snacking.
Lemon acids are a natural cleaner, so putting lemon in your water after drinking a cup of coffee is going to be more effective than water alone. However sucking on lemons or other citrus fruits on a regular basis is not recommended.
Strawberries whiten your teeth naturally. They contain malic acid that acts as a mild bleaching agent. But see to it that you are not allergic to them. Raw veggies will clean the teeth and remove topical stains.
Guidelines Stay away from dark coloured fruits. Blueberries, tomato sauce, certain teas, red wine and some colas can stain the teeth. Coloured molecules found in these beverages adsorb to the enamel's surface. Smoking, binging on sugar-laden food and drinking too much coffee or colas can wreak havoc to the toothy grins.
Drinking through a straw allows the beverage to go right back into the throat, avoiding the liquid hitting the teeth. This also keeps the Sugar and acids in colas away from the bacteria that cause cavities.
Compliment regular brushing and flossing with a balanced diet.
Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for maintaining the health of the gums. Vitamin B complex is also essential as its deficiency can cause cracking and bleeding of the lips as well as open sores and lesions in the mouth.
Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also required for maintaining good oral health.
Eating the right kind of food along with regular dental check-ups will keep one ahead of the curve and smiling from ear to ear.
Food For Thought
Here is a list of food items containing essential vitamins and minerals that are essential for brightening the teeth.
Celery: Protects teeth from cavities.
Cheese: Preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel.
Kiwis: Prevents gum disease.
Green tea: Removes plaque and bad breath.
Shiitake mushrooms: Prevents from creating plaque.