whitening

5 Foods that improve your smile

Who doesn’t want a knock’em dead smile? Well we have all heard of foods and activities which aren’t so great for your pearly whites (like coffee, smoking). But here are 5 foods that will help give a brighter, whiter smile.

  • Cranberries: Cranberries, along with lots of other fruit, contain some whacky doodads called polyphenols. These chemical compounds my help to prevent plaque forming on your teeth, leading to a nicer, whiter smile.
  • Apples: High in fiber, biting into an apple literally has a scrubbing effect on your teeth. They also contain natural acids, which help to dissolve buildup. This scrubbing helps to remove stains from the enamel of your teeth
  • Dairy products: Cheese, mils, yogurt all contain calcium and phosphorous, which help to strengthen your teeth.
  • Strawberries: Strawberries contain malic acid that removes surface discolouration. They are so good at removing discolouration, they can even be used in home tooth whitening remedy. (we wont tell you how, but go look it up)
  • Water and sugar-free gum: not only does drinking water stop you from drinking other drinks (like cola), it helps provide your mouth with enough saliva. Saliva is one of the best cleaners of the mouth, and chewing sugar-free gum helps to stimulate saliva production, ensuring your mouth doesn’t dry out. Water and saliva also help wash away an surface plaque or sugar residue.

So when you’re preparing for your next big social event, try eating some of these foods to give your teeth a chance to shine!

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What toothpaste should you use?

Depending on your specific needs, there are a number of different toothpaste brands and types that will suit your needs. But first, you need to bear in mind that oral health companies are businesses just like any other, and although we would like to believe that more features and higher prices mean a superior product, it can often just be marketing and sale driving.

Firstly, you should always look for fluoride in your chosen toothpaste, as it coats your teeth and protects enamel.

If you have stained or discoloured teeth, it could be beneficial to use toothpaste with ‘whitening’, as these contain mild abrasives that will help prevent plaque build up, and attempt to remove stains. Keep in mind that you will most likely not be able to remove a stain that has been there for a while, and brushing too hard will actually damage your teeth by removing enamel and making them more susceptible to decay. If you are unable to remove stains or tartar build up, it’s time to see your local dentist!

If you have sensitive teeth, definitely seek out the sensitive toothpastes, as they contain different active ingredients like strontium chloride and potassium nitrate which act as desensitising agents.

When you’re brushing it can also be beneficial to brush and spit, but not rinse your mouth out afterwards, as this will allow fluoride-added toothpastes to sit on the teeth and continue to protect them.

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