It’s that time of year when holiday parties at the office and with friends and family fill our calendars. All the upcoming socializing means your teeth, and your smile, will be on full display. 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?
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 – This seems unbelievable, right? But, strawberries 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!
Onions – What’s the catch? You need to eat them raw. Onions contain a high level of sulphur 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 (that’s a twice a year commitment), 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.
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.
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? Give us a call! And from all of us at Asheville Dental, Happy Holidays!