Amid Texas’s scorching hot summer, thirst-quenching fruits, such as watermelon and pineapple, may sound more delicious than ever. These mouth-watering foods provide both hot weather relief and excellent two-for-one benefits for your pearly whites. Watermelon and strawberries contain high amounts of malic acid, which is known for its bleaching capacities. This acid also promotes saliva production, which helps to rinse off the teeth as we eat. Furthermore, a layer of salivary proteins films our teeth; although protective, this layer absorbs the pigment from foods we eat. Luckily, summertime fruits such as pineapple and papaya contain proteolytic enzymes, which break down these proteins and help limit stains and plaque buildup. Fruit for the win!
Along with these simple diet additions, there are plenty of at-home remedies to maintain a bright smile. The most foundational of these is to maintain proper dental hygiene habits. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily. However, you can brush and floss as often as between each meal to prevent stains and plaque buildup. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water if brushing right after a meal. Acids from foods and drinks can strip off tooth enamel which causes erosion. Brush your teeth for two minutes each time and in a circular motion, making sure to reach all surfaces of your teeth.
Next are a few homeopathic teeth-whitening tricks that you likely have ready to go in your pantry. The first is coconut oil pulling which aids in removing bacteria and buildup from the mouth. For this method, swish one to two teaspoons of coconut oil around your mouth for about twenty minutes. When complete, spit it out, rinse your mouth well, and brush your teeth as usual. A second way to remove plaque, buildup, and stains is to create a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste, using a one to two tablespoon ratio. Use these ingredients to brush your teeth or as a mouthwash. After use, be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Lastly, you can mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with six ounces of water to produce a mouthwash that will whiten your teeth.
If you’re searching for a dental office to whiten your teeth professionally, search no more. Dr. Chau at Addison Dental Group will give you the pearly whites of your dreams through simple teeth whitening procedures. Their treatment will lighten your teeth by numerous shades “so that you can leave [their] office feeling confident in your smile.” In addition to general dentistry, Addison Dental Group provides several other cosmetic procedures for dental issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities across your smile. Contact their office at (972) 526-018 for everlasting confidence in your smile.