Eat Your Way To A Healthier Smile

Everyday we’re told not to drink coffee, wine or eat too much fruit, and it can soon seem like everything is either bad for your health or your teeth; but did you know there are foods we eat every single day which can actually make our teeth healthier? No, well read on as we explain how you can eat your way to a healthier smile.

Drink a Cup of Green Tea

Okay, I know I said eat your way to a healthier smile but it turns out you can drink your way there too! Green tea has lots of beneficial properties, and aside from weight loss it can also improve the health of your teeth – and why is this I hear you ask? The answer is simple, it contains catechin which successfully combats plaque and bacteria by making it harder for bacteria to stick to your teeth, making it harder for plaque to be produced and it also has a toxic effect on the bacteria in your mouth. All in all, green tea packs a powerful punch!
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Eating Raw Onion

The thought of it may be unappealing – but placing a bit of raw onion in your salad could improve the health of your teeth. Onion, much like green tea, has a toxic effect on bacteria which means less bacteria is in your mouth and you are therefore improving your defence against cavities.

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Refresh with some Mint

After eating all that onion you’ll probably need to have some mint, and not solely for its refreshing properties. The mint plant is a natural anti-inflammatory, which helps protect your teeth when you brush your teeth and when you are eating.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water helps the production of saliva which in turn helps to neutralise any acid that may be on your teeth or in your mouth. This fights bacteria and subsequently leaves your mouth healthier. It’s also good for your health and keeps you hydrated – so remember, eight cups a day!

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Kiwi, Celery & Apples

Too much fruit can erode the enamel from your teeth, but eating fruit and veg can actually help to keep your mouth healthy. Kiwi is often described as a super food, and as it’s filled with vitamin C it helps produce collagen which keeps your gums strong and healthy. Celery is incredibly fibrous which means as you chew you effectively rub your teeth clean. Apples are very similar in that they produce saliva which helps to keep your mouth in top-notch condition.

Eat Your Way To A Healthier Smile - Kiwi, Celery & Apple

For a healthy smile that lasts for years and years it vital that you keep your mouth and teeth in tip-top condition. If you can think of any foods and drinks which you believe can keep your teeth healthier why not share them with us below?

This article was written by Gayle Brown on behalf of United Smile Centres; dentistry experts who have the expertise to give you a gorgeous new smile.

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