How To Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Released on: February 26, 2008, 8:07 am

Press Release Author: TJ Sacks & Associates

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Naturally whiten your teeth by changing your diet.

Press Release Body: If coffee, cigarettes and food have left their mark on your
teeth, you're not alone. There are plenty of people who would try anything to get
back their pearly whites.

"Teeth naturally yellow for a number of reasons including smoking, eating highly
pigmented foods, drinking coffee, tea or red wine, treatment with antibiotics,
trauma, and too much fluoride and tartar accumulation," according to Elisa Mello,
DDS, from NYC Smile Design, a New York-based cosmetic and restorative dental
practice. But did you know that Mother Nature has some natural solutions to getting
back your pearly whites? Here are some tips provided by Dr. Mello:

. Eat foods that act like detergents and whiten teeth naturally. To keep teeth
bright and prevent yellowing, you need to remove the staining bacteria by chewing
certain crunchy fruits and vegetables that produce high salivary flow and actually
work like tiny toothbrushes to help scrub away stubborn stains over time. So, take
a bite out of apples, carrots, pears, guavas, cauliflower and cucumbers.
. Eat lots of dark green vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, lettuce and spinach
act like a barrier on teeth by creating a film that prevents stains from recurring
and can actually help scrub away stubborn stains over time.
. Eat lots of high-fiber and whole foods-they act as natural tooth cleansers.
. Mash a few strawberries in a bowl and then take your finger and spread the pulp
all over your teeth. Leave it on a minute or two, and then thoroughly rinse and
brush it off.
. Sip through a straw to protect your teeth from stain-makers like coffee, tea, red
wine and cola.
. Drink plenty of water to keep the teeth hydrated.

. The rule of thumb is that anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your
teeth too. That means most varieties of berries, as well as soy sauce, red wine,
many fruit juices, coffee, tea, and cola. You don't have to avoid them altogether,
but immediately after indulging, rinse out your mouth with water, brush your teeth
or chew gum.
. Keep in mind that citrus fruits contain acid that can cause enamel to deteriorate
over time.
. Be aware that those sports drinks, energy drinks and fitness waters contain
organic acids which are known to break down calcium. So they're especially good at
eroding your teeth. Recent studies show they were more damaging to tooth enamel
than cola-based drinks.
. Reduce your intake of acidic foods like vinegar. Foods that are slightly acidic
open up the pores of the tooth enamel allowing for easy staining.
. Avoid highly processed sugars and high-fructose corn syrup, especially sticky
foods that maintain contact with the teeth for a longer period of time.
. Extremely hot or cold liquids are dangerous to your white smile because they
change the temperature of your teeth. This temperature change causes teeth to
expand and contact, allowing stains to penetrate your teeth.
. Tobacco is the biggest culprit in quickly staining your white teeth.

"Thorough cleaning by a dentist or hygienist will remove most external staining from
teeth caused by food and tobacco. Using a whitening toothpaste can also help remove
these surface stains between dental visits. If stains have been present for years,
you may need to have your teeth professionally whitened to remove these more
stubborn external stains," notes Dr. Mello, a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU
College of Dentistry.

"Teeth with internal stains caused by the aging process, antibiotics and trauma can
be bleached, veneered or crowned. While each of these methods is safe and effective,
your dentist will recommend which treatment is appropriate for you depending on the
state of your teeth and the results that you wish to achieve," adds Dr. Mello.

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