Here we are – smack dab in the holiday season. It’s time for the three Fs: friends, family and lots of festivities. And as it should be expected, tons of pictures will be involved in these wonderful gathering. Having a bright white smile would be ideal. We can go to the dentist and get a whitening treatment and we can try it on our own with an over-the-counter product, but did you know that there are foods that can whiten your smile at the same time? It’s true. So, while you are grazing the food tables at your special events, keep these choices in mind:
Fruit. Apples are known to play a huge role in good health, but it’s the crispiness of the apple doing most of the work. Biting into an apple helps strengthen your gums, while the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, clearing out cavity-forming bacteria. Another seasonal fruit that while also neutralizing odor-causing, staining bacteria is the pear. If you are looking for citrus, try an orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, the citric acid also scours your teeth.
Vegetables. When it comes to vegetables, do you think of an onion as a dental secret? If you eat anything oniony, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Ever notice broccoli looks like a toothbrush? Munching on these little “brushes” will give your teeth a quick scrub. Celery – basically Mother Nature’s version of floss.
Dairy. Chockful of calcium, foods like milk, yogurt and cheese strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the whiter and healthier they become.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding teeth whitening.
Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.