It’s that time of year when your schedule is filled with social events and holiday gatherings and you want a whiter smile. Sure, there are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes that you can use for an extra sparkle. But did you know that there are all-natural ways to brighten your smile?
How to Whiten Your Smile with Food:
Broccoli – This vegetable is almost like a toothbrush when you consider how well a fresh floret will scrub the teeth just from eating it raw. It’s also high in iron which protects your teeth from staining and harmful bacteria.
Strawberries – You’d think strawberries would stain your teeth, but these succulent dynamos are high in malic acid which acts as a natural whitener. You can even mash one up with some baking soda and put it on your toothbrush for a scrub.
Onions – What’s the catch? You need to eat them raw. Onions contain a high level of sulfur which keeps plaque from building up on your teeth. And chances are you’ll brush your teeth after a meal that had raw onions.
Apples – So an apple a day isn’t going to keep the dentist away, but it is going to keep your gums healthy with that crunchy texture and create saliva which helps clear out harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Nuts and seeds – Cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and sesame seeds have abrasive textures that scrub your teeth as you chew. (They also are packed with protein which is an added bonus!) Just be careful that when you eat nuts you don’t grab a big handful. Small modest amounts at a time will help ensure you don’t crack a tooth by accident.
Dairy products – Cheese, yogurt, and milk contain lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying mineral calcium, which strengthens teeth while also whitening them.
Water – During the holiday season when you may overindulge in alcohol, be sure to stay hydrated – even if it’s just to swish in between beverages. Some alcohol is staining, but all of it contains sugar. A little extra water will help your mouth stay clean while you celebrate.
Remember What’s Really Important
This time of year can be hectic with so many places to go and so many people to see. Be sure you take time for yourself. Self-care includes getting sunshine, taking 15 minutes to read for pleasure, and grabbing a quick nap. It also means sticking as closely as possible to good personal habits including exercise, eating well, and daily oral hygiene.
Have any questions about how to keep up with your dental routine during the holidays? Be sure to contact us.
From everyone here at Asheville Dental, we wish you the very best this holiday season!