Want to keep your teeth healthy naturally? Then here are a few ideas on how to go about it:
Eat and drink well
Drink and eat calcium rich fare to strengthen your teeth, help protect the enamel and keep them healthy. So, cheese, milk and yoghurt are all good in this respect; and surprisingly, low-fat milk tends to contain more calcium than the full-fat version. A good mix of nuts and seeds such as almonds, brazil nuts and sesame seeds will also assist your calcium intake and provide other minerals too, such as magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Dark green veg is best
Dark green vegetables are good on two counts when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy naturally. Firstly, they too are calcium rich, and veg such as kale, broccoli and spinach form a film that protects your teeth from the damaging properties of other foods.
Alongside calcium rich food be sure to eat some containing vitamin D, to aid your intake of the all important calcium, these include some dairy products, but also fish such as salmon, Tuna and mackerel, soy and egg yolks.
Fabulous crunchy fibrous food
Apples, celery, pears and other crunchy fibrous foods, help clean your teeth with their scrubbing action, plus the high water content protects your teeth from harmful bacteria. Raw onion is also particularly good at fighting bacteria, so pop a few slices in your sandwiches or salads. Surprisingly though many berries discolour your teeth, strawberries contain malic acid that will whiten your teeth.
Cut down on harmful food and drinks
If you want naturally healthy teeth, cut down on processed sugary foods and drink. Popular sugary and carbonated drinks are particular offenders, as the acid they contain attacks your teeth.
Strong colours stain
For a pearly white look, cut down on drinks that contain tannins, such as tea, coffee and wine, as these are known to stain your teeth. Also, cut out berries such as blueberries which tend to stain. Sauces and condiments including ketchup, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce which have a rich, deep colour will also discolour your teeth, as do curries and tomato-based pasta sauces.
You won’t want to cut out the foods you love, but if you don’t have a chance to clean your teeth after eating them, then at least drink some water afterwards. Swilling and gargling some water is even more effective, helping to reduce the food debris in your mouth.
Give up smoking
If you smoke, it will affect the colour of your teeth, your breath and cut down on your saliva production so that you won’t fight the production of harmful bacteria so well. Of course, smoking also has a negative impact on your health too, so give it up to improve your health all round.
Your dental hygiene
Moreover to keep your smile looking fabulous, practice good dental hygiene, brushing your teeth twice a day. Also visit your dentist regularly, for checkups and cleaning that will keep your Natural Smiles looking great.