Published: 08/31/2012 - Updated: 06/19/2016
If you want to achieve a beautiful smile with clean teeth and fresh breath, besides the daily cleaning of your mouth and the use of good toothpaste, you need to know that there are foods that can help keep this important area of your body free from impurities and visually attractive.
This whitening process is natural: while you chew, you clean your teeth, strengthening them and preventing damage, not like the artificial whitening abuse.
As indicated by experts, with cosmetic whitening or using a home whitening kit, you will get great results, but may cause some short-term effects such as sensitivity, erosion or loss of tooth enamel.
What should you eat?
To avoid undesirable effects, you should consume foods that support the health of your teeth, these are:
The apple, cauliflower, carrots and celery. When you consume them, in addition to removing contaminants from your teeth, they stimulate the flow of saliva, which neutralizes acids and protects your teeth.
Dairy products are also recommended, besides it strengthens teeth lactic acid with calcium, it helps prevent teeth fall.
You can choose between milk, yogurt and cheese, better if they are the tough, as while chewing, they may eliminate particles that may be between the teeth.
Tea, without sugar, is another alternative for dental care, is a natural source of fluoride, and helps to keep teeth healthy.
The Kiwi is a fruit that contains six times more vitamin C than an orange, giving more than 100% of the daily requirement of vitamin C. This vitamin is important to maintain collagen in the gums and prevent gum disease. You can include it in smoothies, salads or just for breakfast and snacks.
Onion is another food that can help you get a clean smile, among its components have anti-bactericidal substances and its effects are best when it’s raw.
Parsley contains a substance called monoterpene that neutralizes bad breath. Include it in sauces, salads, pastas, and chicken, meat or fish dishes.
Sesame seeds, while you chew, detach the plate and also strengthen the natural enamel of your teeth. They are rich source of calcium, helping to keep the bone around the teeth and gums healthy and strong.
What should you avoid?
If the look and good care of your teeth is one of your priorities, you should avoid abusing the consumption of products such as wine, cigarettes, soy sauce and berries, as these can leave them permanently stained.
In turn, you should avoid foods high in sugar, especially refined. The process that damages your teeth is fast.
The sugars are distributed in the dental plaque, which are metabolized by microorganisms to become acidic, and this acid lowers the pH of the dental plaque and form caries. The acids produced by microorganisms gradually lead to demineralization of tooth enamel, followed by rapid destruction of tooth proteins.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps by 50% to prevent cavities. It is found in foods such as shellfish, fish, water, gelatin, chicken, fluoride milk, fluoride salt, green vegetables and potatoes. Furthermore it is present in toothpastes, mouthwashes and some sugarless gum.
The basic thing you should do to care for your teeth, is the daily cleaning, not only the use of a good toothpaste while brushing teeth well, but you need to use floss over them. Do not forget to go to consultation with a dentist regularly. The care and good condition of your teeth is in your hands, it is simple and does not involve much time and investment of money.