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In the United States, we spend about $775 million on toothbrushes each year. But dental experts and healthcare professionals say there are other sources for clean teeth — and they might just be in your fridge.One of these foods is dark chocolate, which contains theobromine. This bitter powder can help to harden the enamel on teeth, […]
In the United States, we spend about $775 million on toothbrushes each year. But dental experts and healthcare professionals say there are other sources for clean teeth — and they might just be in your fridge.
One of these foods is dark chocolate, which contains theobromine. This bitter powder can help to harden the enamel on teeth, in addition to preventing staining.
Strawberries contain malic acid, an enzyme that can remove stains on teeth once the red juice of the fruit has been wiped away. To create a natural teeth whitener, dentists recommend combining mashed strawberries with baking soda; rub the mixture on teeth and leave on for five minutes before brushing. This treatment can work within just a few months.
Orange peel and green tea are natural teeth whiteners. When rubbed directly against teeth, orange peels can be used to whiten teeth, especially when mixed with bay leaves; green tea prevents staining by preventing bacteria from sticking to teeth, in addition to helping stop bad breath.
Any fruits and vegetables rich in fiber can significantly improve the health of your teeth and ward off decay, say experts.
Other fruits that can improve the cleanliness and whiteness of teeth include apples and pears, which can increase saliva production and reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth loss. The texture of these crunchy foods, and seeds and nuts, help to scrub plaque and stain-causing substances from teeth all while strengthening gums.
Finally, cheese helps to increase the pH level in the mouth by making it less acidic. It also provides much needed calcium, to help make teeth stronger and healthier.
The link between tooth decay (or dental caries) and food is nothing new. An estimated 92% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 will have had dental caries in their mouths at some point during their lives.
When it comes to food, the main culprits can include sugary candies and sweets that stick in the mouth, carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice, and refined carbohydrates, such as sugars and white breads.
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