We've all been told to avoid red wine, dark berries, and black coffee in our quests for pearly whites, but what about foods that actually brighten your smile? Try these natural solutions for a brilliant beam. | By Julia Marino
They may be bright red, but malic acid, a chief component of this summery
fruit, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says
Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.
Fresh, juicy strawberries taste great in any meal—salads, desserts, cereal—and
are widely available at farmers markets this time of year, so getting your
daily dose is both simple and delicious.
The loud crunch you hear when you bite
into this hard fruit may be annoying, but it's also good for your choppers.
Apples' crispiness strengthens gums, and their high water content increases
saliva production, dispersing and neutralizing colonies of bacteria that lead
to bad breath and plaque, says Smigel.
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Drink lots of water to keep your mouth hydrated and
your smile bright, advises Smigel, who recommends sipping and swishing between
glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to prevent staining.
However, while water reduces the acidity in your mouth and the resulting damage
to your enamel, Dr. Smigel warns against imbibing too much sparkling water,
which has greater potential to erode enamel and harm teeth.
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