Natural Tips for Healthy Teeth a Beautiful Smile

White TeethTaking care of our smile is one of the best ways to take years off our appearance.  There are many tips we can incorporate into our routine to help us maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.

Try incorporating one or more of the following tips from our dental experts into your daily routine to maintain white and healthy teeth.

Do’s and Don’ts of Dental Care

Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal to remove food particles from the mouth. When you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria. Have regular check-ups with your dentist to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty restorations, overhanging fillings or leaking crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth.

If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water. Try swooshing it around in your mouth for at least twenty seconds to loosen any food particles the bacteria can feed upon. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges to increase the flow of saliva.

Quit smoking. Tar and nicotine can build up on the surface of the teeth, tongue and cheeks. It can also dry the mouth and inhibit saliva flow.

Breath Fresheners: Dr. Jablow recommends eating anything with chlorophyll, like parsley and green tea. Alternatively, drink water with a squirt of lemon, which keeps mouths moisturized and produces saliva which fight bad breath quickly.

Cavity Fighters: Green tea and cranberry juice contain ingredients that fight the bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities.

Teeth Whiteners: Eat apples, which contain malic acid that removes protein pellicle from teeth and acts as natural toothbrush as do other crunchy raw fruits and veggies. You can also mix a crushed strawberry with a teaspoon of baking soda and brush with it to remove light stains. In-office whitening treatments are a great way to give your teeth an instant boost. They’re quicker and easier than ever and safe – make sure you find a reputable dentist in your area.

Dr. Jennifer Jablow, Cosmetic Dentist, IntelliWHiTE and Park 56 Dental Group

Eat Greens

Eating more greens, vegetables and fruits can help ward off teeth stains. Apples, celery, carrots and fruits and vegetables that require a lot of chewing act as natural stain removers. These make teeth whiter by helping to stimulate saliva which helps neutralize the acid from other foods.  It’s hard to believe, but some people swear that rubbing raw carrot sticks on your teeth will make them look brighter.

The most important thing is to see a dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings. Drink red wine, coffee or tea in moderation or drink thru a straw. They can stain teeth.

Jeffrey Gross DDS, FAGD, The Healthy Smile

Can you really rub carrot sticks on your teeth for a more beautiful smile?

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