The effect of a bright, happy smile cannot be emphasized enough. Our smiles are one of the easiest ways to express our feelings and are often the first thing people notice about us. Of course, there are certain treatments we can do to improve the look of our teeth – such as braces to straighten them or a whitening treatment to whiten them – but what we eat and drink can make a world of difference too do. Here are some top tips on how to feed yourself with a nicer smile.
Take care of your teeth
First of all, it's important to say that diet alone is not enough to keep your teeth healthy. You should also brush them at least twice a day (morning and evening) and floss them regularly to make sure you get to the hard-to-reach places between your teeth. Use circular motions as you brush to make sure you cover all sides of each tooth. Don't brush too hard, however, as this can wear down your gums. It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a check-up every six months as well, as they can spot potential oral health problems, such as cancer, that you cannot see. When you invest in professional teeth cleaning at Sunshine Dental, your teeth will feel amazingly smooth!
Food for healthy teeth
When choosing the diet to keep your teeth in the best of health, a plant-based diet is highly recommended. Plants like fruits and vegetables are ideal because they are firm, watery, and fibrous. When you eat them, your mouth will be stimulated to produce more saliva. This, in turn, can help remove any food debris that might be stuck in your teeth. Leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are high in vitamins and minerals like calcium that help strengthen your teeth. Likewise, the coarse texture of celery can actually help scrape bacteria and other food debris from your teeth. Other good foods include tofu and almonds (both high in protein and calcium) and green tea for plaque – but don't add sugar or you'll negate the good job it's doing!
What to Avoid
When it comes to foods that damage your teeth, sugar is the biggest culprit. It is a major cause of tooth decay. So avoid overeating sweet treats. In particular, those that are sticky are problematic because they are more likely to get stuck in your teeth, as well as sour candies because they are more acidic. In general, snacking between meals is a bad idea as it increases the amount of time your teeth are exposed to potentially harmful sugars. Avoid drinking too many sugar-filled sodas, but also avoid too much alcohol as it is linked to dehydration. Instead, drink plenty of water!