FOODS THAT WHITEN TEETH - Grace Ngo Foundation

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

FOODS THAT WHITEN TEETH


The color of your teeth gradually darkens with age. However using natural methods, you can return your teeth to the perfect white color without going to the dentist. White teeth and aesthetic mouth affect our overall appearance, the impression we leave, and our interpersonal
communications.
A study conducted in U.S. found that people with whiter and aesthetic smile are 30% more successful than people with a not perfect smile, get higher positions
more easily, have higher confidence and radiate health and happiness. But over the years, teeth may yellow or change color and lose their luster and whiteness. The reasons are varied, including smoking, age, genetics, injury, bad fillings, root canals, lack of oral hygiene, consuming foods that stain the teeth like
wine, coffee, tea and some spices, consumption of acidic beverages such as soda or citrus juices that erode the enamel, some antibiotic treatments in childhood and
fluoride.
Methods that will help you get whiter teeth:
1. Onions: Onions contain powerful antibacterial sulfur compounds. In a 1997 test tube study, onions killed various types of bacteria, including S. mutans. Research indicates that they are most powerful when eaten freshly peeled and raw. Of course, raw onions can do a number on your breath, so be sure to have some fresh parsley on hand. Try This: Add a few onion slices to salads and sandwiches each day.
2. Banana or orange peel. Rub the inner side of a banana skin or orange peel on your, Then wait 10 minutes and brush the teeth well. The vitamins and minerals in the skin, including potassium and bromine,will whiten the teeth.
3. Apple cider vinegar and lemon Squeeze approximately 1/4 lemon and add 2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar. Dip a brush in the mixture, brush and rinse your mouth well. The mixture can help remove wine, coffee or nicotine stains.

4. Green tea – (Camellia sinensis) contains substances called catechins that kill the bacteria in your mouth that turn sugar into plaque (a sticky mass of bacteria, sugars, proteins, and fats that produces cavity-causing acid when it comes in contact with sugary or starchy foods). Catechins also wipe out the bacteria that cause bad breath. Try This: Drink 2 to 5 cups of green tea (regular or decaffeinated) a day, says Mindy Green, director of research at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colon. Consider making a thermos of green tea to drink at work. The night before, steep 3 to 4 green tea bags in 4 cups of boiling-hot water in a covered thermos for three to five minutes. Remove the bags. Serve the tea the next day over ice or after reheating it.
5. Cheese: Studies show that cheese, with its low carbohydrate and high calcium and phosphate content, provides several benefits for your teeth. It helps balance your mouth’s pH (an acidic pH encourages the growth of cavity-causing bacteria). Cheese also preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel and produces saliva, which kills the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
6. Kiwis: For their size, kiwis pack more vitamin C than any other fruit. In fact, one large kiwi supplies more than 100 percent of your recommended daily amount. If you don’t get enough vitamin C, research shows that the collagen network in your gums can break down, making your gums tender and more susceptible to the bacteria that cause periodontal
7. Parlsey. Chewing parsley or mint leaves after a pungent meal will help you maintain sweet-smelling breath. These herbs contain volatile substances that travel quickly from your bloodstream to your lungs, where their odor is released via your breath. Try This: Top zesty dishes with a few tablespoons of minced fresh parsley or garnish dessert with a few sprigs of fresh mint.Dr
8. Water – Drinking water keeps your gums hydrated and is the best way to stimulate saliva–your body’s greatest defense against the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities. Rinsing your mouth with water also helps wash away trapped food particles that decompose in the mouth and cause bad breath. Try This: Aim to drink six 8-ounce glasses of purified water throughout each day to keep your gums (and whole body) hydrated and to stimulate saliva. If you can’t brush your teeth after eating, be sure to rinse your mouth with water.
9.Strawberry – One member of the berry family, the strawberry, contains an enzyme that actually whitens your teeth. Mash a large strawberry and then rub it on your teeth with your finger for about a minute. Rinse, and then floss to remove seeds.
please note – excess acidity could
erode the tooth enamel, so don’t repeat this treatments more than once to twice a week

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