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7 Foods For A Brighter Smile

Feb 19 2014

First, the bad news: Bacteria love feeding on sugar as much as you do, fermenting the sweet stuff into acid that eats away at your tooth enamel, leading to unhappy side effects like discoloration and cavities. Starchy foods have a similar effect, as enzymes in your saliva break starch down into acid-producing simple sugars.

Now the good: Instead of scrubbing after every bite and steering clear of sugar forever and ever (how sad would that be?), there are a number of foods that actually work wonders for your teeth. Check out these delicious ways to get a whiter, healthier smile.

1. Carrots

Firm, crunchy produce like raw carrots force you to chew more than you would while eating a softer food. And that’s a good thing: Chewing stimulates saliva production, which neutralizes the acids and enzymes in your mouth that threaten your enamel.


Like carrots, this pale plant also triggers enamel-protecting saliva when eaten raw. Plus, like fellow cruciferous veggies broccoli, cabbage, and kale, it contains glucosinolates—sulfur and nitrogen-containing compounds that may ward off cancer tumors in the mouth and digestive tract.


With every passing year, acid eats away at your protective tooth enamel. But calcium and phosphorus, minerals found in abundance in both cheese and tofu, can fight decay.


Salmon is a great source of enamel-building phosphorus, with 315 mg of the mineral in a three-ounce serving (about a third of the FDA’s daily recommended intake for adults).

5. Spinach

Sure, it’s embarrassing when the stuff’s stuck between your teeth, but the risk is worth it. Dark, leafy greens—like spinach, lettuce, and Swiss chard—are one of the best sources of enamel-building magnesium, with 78 mg in a half-cup serving. Leafy greens also lack enamel-harming acidity.


The rough texture of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables has a scrubbing effect on plaque-covered teeth and gums.


Although berries have a reputation for staining, the ascorbic acid in the fruit can have a slight brightening effect. They’re also packed with polyphenols, which suppress bacteria growth.
The information given was seen in an article by Jessica Chia, “7 Foods for a Brighter Smile.”

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