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   Mar 11

4 surprising foods for brighter smiles

1. Cheese

Not only is cheese rich in calcium, which is vital for strong bones and teeth, it also contains lactic acid which prevents tooth decay.

“Cheese also offsets discoloration from other foods like wine and acts as a buffering agent against acidic foods that can harm the teeth,” Paula Simpson, a nutricosmetics formulation expert and beauty nutritionist in New York City and Toronto said.

2. Strawberries

You don’t have to avoid berries altogether to prevent stains on your teeth. Berries help to maintain the PH balance in your body, which is good for your teeth. Strawberries in particular have seeds that act like tiny scrubbers to remove bacteria.

3. Apples

Malic acid, the same ingredient found in teeth whitening products is also found in apples. Even though apples are acidic and can erode enamel, their rough texture also cleanses the teeth. Be sure to pair the apple with some cheese to combat the acid, Simpson said.

4. Ginger

Ginger is not only anti-inflammatory, which can keep your gums healthy, but it can also prevent periodontal (gum) disease. In fact, a study in the journal Phytotherapy Research finds that ginger is effective at killing bacteria in the mouth associated with periodontal disease…

Source: Fox News

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