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Foods For A Whiter Smile

Did you just get your teeth professionally whitened at Stoney Trail Dental and want to keep up your beautiful aesthetic? While teas and blueberries may stain your teeth, there are foods that will help keep your teeth white. Here are a few items to chow down on before it’s time for another whitening treatment. 

Strawberries

Sweet, juicy strawberries taste delicious and keep your teeth looking healthy. Ripe strawberries contain citric and malic acids. The malic acid naturally whitens your teeth. This enzyme increases the production of saliva helping deter cavity-causing acids from resting on your teeth. The anti-oxidants present in this ripe fruit help fight aging. You can use malic acid as part of your skin care routine, assisting with pigmentation concerns. As a bonus, the vitamin C in strawberries has health benefits. Vitamin C helps fight the common cold and may play a positive role in reducing incidents of cataracts and heart disease. Next time you chow down on a bowl of strawberries, remember you are benefiting more than your taste buds.

Celery

Have you lost your toothbrush? Did you sleep on a friends’ couch last night and awaken without your morning mouth care tools? Check out the refrigerator. A sneaky little alternative to brushing your teeth is chewing on some celery. The fibrous abrasive texture of this vegetable scrapes away food particles and plaque. Another benefit to celery is that it stimulates saliva production, acting as a natural mouthwash. Good saliva production keeps you away from issues like dry mouth and gingivitis. Go ahead, reach for nature’s toothbrush. With these dental and health benefits, you don’t have to worry about whose couch you surf on.

Broccoli

Eating your greens helps your pearly whites. Consuming raw broccoli benefits your teeth by gently scraping your teeth’s surfaces removing horrible looking stains. The iron in broccoli helps your teeth stay happy by protecting the enamel.  An acid-resistant film forms on your teeth strengthening and protecting them from dental problems like cavities. Broccoli is a super vegetable aiding in digestion and increasing your levels of potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. Mom was right, eat your greens.

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic are two colourless foods with benefits for your teeth. Eating raw onions and garlic releases bacteria-reducing compounds thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates. These compounds help prevent plaque production. Garlic is also known for its anti-viral properties. In addition to major health-related benefits, this vegetable is one of the best ingredients for making food taste delicious.

Onion juice has anti-inflammatory effects. If you get stung by a hornet, squeeze some onion onto the bite to feel relief almost immediately. Garlic also helps to reduce pain levels because it is rich in vitamins, calcium, and minerals. Chemical compounds naturally found in both onion and garlic can even slow cancer cells from multiplying. 

Help your teeth stay white by consuming these foods on a regular basis. You may even help your next professional teeth whitening work better. The whitening session will work better on you if you have fewer stains on your teeth. Want to know what is safe to eat immediately before and after your professional whitening treatment? Your dentist at Stoney Trail Dental will advise you on the foods to consume. 

Smile, a clean mouth is a healthy mouth!

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