Cosmetic Dentistry in Demand
Tooth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in the western world. In the US more around $1.5 Billion is spent on over the counter products that claim to whiten our teeth. All of these bleaching agents that we are so keen to invest in can have unwanted side effects such as increased tooth sensitivity and gum irritation so surely it would be better for everyone if there were more natural options available?
While natural alternatives may not provide you with the same dazzling smile you would get from an expensive foray into the world of cosmetic dentistry, as natural products do not contain bleach, you can removes tooth staining that has built up over time. Our teeth become stained through the regular contact with the feeds that we eat and liquids that we drink, and if you smoke? Well then the staining can be even more excessive. Think about it this way; If you were to spill something down your shirt and it forms a stain, then it will do exactly the same thing to your teeth.
Crunching on Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are not just great for your overall health they are also a great way to work on getting that glistening white smile. the crunchier the vegetable the better the effect. Raw carrots, celery, crisp apples and firm pears all work on your teeth. The chewing motion against the firmness of the fruit works in a naturally abrasive way to clean your tooth enamel, without causing any damage.
The natural chewing action also encourages the production of saliva which works to protect our mouth against harmful bacteria. What you may not know is that the saliva that we produce also contains surfactants and special enzymes which have detergent like properties. The more productive our saliva glands the more protected from staining our teeth are.
The Benefits of Baking Soda
You are probably already aware that there are some commercial toothpastes that harness the power of baking soda as it really does help to whiten and brighten your teeth. But aside from it being in your toothpaste you can also use baking soda at home as a natural stain remover for your teeth.
Make a paste from some baking soda and a little natural lemon juice, and use a clean toothbrush to apply the paste to your teeth. Leave the paste to work its magic for a minute and then give your teeth a good brush to remove the residue. The baking soda works on the enamel of the teeth to lift away the staining while the citric acid in the lemon juice provides a natural bleaching action. If you suffer from sensitive teeth it would probably be best to use the baking soda on its own, or try mixing it with a little salt and water for the same effect. Do not perform this natural bleaching technique more than once a week as over use will cause damage to your tooth enamel.
Smile and Say Cheese
We all know that cheese contains calcium and that calcium is good for our teeth. But choosing to enjoy a cheese board after a meal rather than a sticky dessert could do you more good than you think. Recent research studies have found that casein (a milk protein) in the cheese can help to re-mineralize the tooth enamel making it stronger and protecting against cavities.
It is the enamel of the tooth that protects the delicate dentin that sits behind it. Though the foods we eat can stain our tooth enamel, the color of our teeth is actually determined by the dentin. The more foods that you eat that will protect your tooth enamel will keep them healthy and strong. Dentin discoloration is not something that you can treat yourself, it requires professional dental care.
Very Berry Brushing
Berries are filled with natural health benefits, they work in the fight against high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, but what you may know is that they are also great for whitening your teeth. The best berries for this are strawberries which are naturally high in vitamin C which can help to remove the build up of plaque on our teeth, plus the malic acid which they contain is a natural astringent which will work on the stains.
Take your strawberries and rather than simply eating them, mix them into a pulp, and using a clean toothbrush apply the mixture to your teeth. Leave the mixture in place for a full five minutes then rinse your mouth out with clean water. It will probably be the best tasting toothpaste you will ever use.
Of course the very best thing that you can do to ensure that your teeth remain strong and healthy is to brush and floss them regularly, after every meal if you can but twice a day is generally good enough. Brush protects against both gum disease and tooth decay, plus the abrasive action of brushing works to remove plaque and limit the staining it causes.