As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” But when it comes to healthy teeth, “you are what you chew.” According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums.
“The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile,” said Dr. Shawn Frawley, a cosmetic dentist and AACD member. In contrast, some foods and lifestyle habits such as drinking coffee and tea as well as smoking can cause discoloration or the yellowing of your teeth.
Consumers are very interested about having a healthy, bright smile. According to an AACD survey, virtually all adults (99.7%) surveyed believe a healthy smile is socially important, and nearly three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt their career success.
To deliciously achieve a healthier, whiter smile, try these 10 food suggestions from the AACD:
Pineapples can help whiten teeth. Research shows that the enzyme bromelain in pineapples acts as a natural stain remover, according to Dr. Frawley. Bromelain also helps break up plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can erode the enamel of your teeth and lead to dental caries.