It seems as though everyone is on a quest to have whiter teeth, and there is little doubt as to why. A gleaming white smile can give a person more confidence in so many facets of their life, from dating to the boardroom, while stained teeth can make people feel insecure and self-conscious. One way of achieving the perfect by smile is by altering your diet. You are probably aware that cutting out tea and coffee is a great start, but did you know that there are foods you can consume that actively whiten your teeth? Here are a few to try.
Apples. As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But it could also keep the dentist at bay. By crunching on apples, you are essentially scrubbing your teeth naturally, and removing bacteria just by eating. But the other great thing about apples is that they contain malic acid. This is an active ingredient in many toothpastes, so increasing your apple intake could contribute to making your teeth whiter.
Pineapple. This tropical fruit doesn't only have a taste that can transport you to a land of palm trees and golden beaches, it can also make your teeth sparkle. This is all because of something called bromelain – a natural enzyme that is solely found in the pineapple fruit. Amazingly, this natural substance also works as a natural teeth whitener, so there has never been a better excuse to enjoy a fresh pina colada.
Celery. Like apples, celery is something crunchy and naturally abrasive so it will scrub away all of that nasty bacteria that causes staining. Secondly, crunching on celery sticks encourages saliva production in your mouth. This surge of saliva in will neutralise the bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities and staining.
If you have just given up smoking or you are trying to kerb a five coffees a day habit, you might find that no matter how many of pro-whitening foods you eat, that you can't quite get your teeth to the level of whiteness that you would desire. In that case, a teeth whitening procedure in a professional cosmetic dentistry clinic could be the way to go. Your dentist will ensure that your teeth are strong enough to work well with the treatment, it will all take place in a safe and comfortable environment, and you will be given tips on dental aftercare.