Looking for easy and effortless ways to enhance your smile? Start by evaluating the foods and drinks you consume. Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist Guy M. Lewis, DDS, says to opt for raw fibrous vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, celery, cauliflower and carrots. “The rough texture naturally exfoliates teeth, removing stains, debris and plaque. And when these foods are combined with saliva, it helps to keep the mouth moist, thus reducing unwanted bacteria.”
Dr. Lewis also recommends incorporating fruits into your diet, but cautions to stay away from fruit juices because their sugars can implant themselves on and in between teeth, leading to cavities. “The natural juices found in apples, pears and strawberries, for example, act like astringents to naturally whiten teeth,” he says. Another easy way to care for your smile at home is to simply drink more water-it flushes away food particles that can stick to, discolor and erode the teeth.
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