It’s no secret that dental work can be expensive and time consuming, so much so that many people put off having necessary dental work done in order to save money. Dr. Jesus Medina Jr., DDS looks to help you save your money by offering these tips for keeping your teeth clean outside of the dental office…all by just eating the right foods!
1. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Apples act like a natural toothbrush, the juices and fibers cleaning excess bacteria and food from your mouth. Eating apples regularly can help to keep your mouth clean and healthy, as apples produce malic acid, a component used in many teeth whitening products, which naturally scrubs away surface stains on your teeth. The natural crunchiness of apples and related fruit also contribute, working to scrub teeth clean as they are bitten into somewhat like the fibrous bristles of a toothbrush.
2. Citrus fruits like oranges or pineapples are beneficial to your teeth as well. Citric acid causes your mouth to produce more saliva, which is your body’s natural tooth cleaner. Be careful not to overdo it though, as citrus fruit is also highly acidic, and too much acidity can damage the enamel of your teeth.
3. There’s a reason for Arm & Hammer toothpaste- baking soda has been a home remedy for tooth whitening for a long time. A 2008 study found that toothpastes containing baking soda- like the famous Arm & Hammer brand- substantially help remove plaque and tartar buildup on teeth.
4. Raisins, just like citrus fruit, can help induce the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps to naturally rinse plaque and food particles away. This also helps to reinforce the enamel of your teeth and protect them from erosion.
5. While they may be juicy and stain your teeth red at first bite, Strawberries are in fact very good for your smile. Malic acid, similar to that in apples, works naturally to clean your teeth of discoloration.
Although brushing and flossing are of course the most important parts of keeping your teeth healthy, eating the right foods can help too. Highly acidic, discoloring foods that are high in sugar such as soda and coffee can have a permanent effect on your smile. If you fear your teeth are already damaged beyond repair, come in to see Dr. Jesus Medina Jr., DDS, visit www.lasvegascosmeticdental.com today or call (702) 368- 3627 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Medina is a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Advanced General Dentistry, with a practice in Las Vegas Nevada since 1988. He offers general and family dentistry, with a specialization in cosmetic and restorative dental services.