Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 7: Pineapples

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One fruit that is both tasty and healthy is also good for maintaining nice white teeth. Fresh pineapples are rich in an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has been shown to be able to remove stains from teeth quite effectively. A scientific study found that applying bromelain to teeth could lighten teeth four-fold more than a control brushing regimen.

In addition, bromelain can also break up and destroy plaque. Plaque is the sticky bacteria-containing film that tends to cover the teeth. The bacteria in plaque are what cause tooth decay. Bromelain breaks down proteins, and therefore can digest plaque quite readily. Eating some pineapple for dessert or just as a snack most days is a very tooth-friendly idea.

Food Stains

The foods and beverages that you select can have a major impact on the color and health of your teeth. For example, consuming a lot of acidic and sugary soda is not good for dental health in general. Beverages such as red wine, coffee, and tea can stain the teeth, and it is best to avoid tobacco altogether for many reasons. It doesn’t just cause lung cancer; it also causes bad breath and yellow teeth.

 

Benefits of Straight Teeth

Even, white teeth and healthy gums dramatically improve a person’s appearance. Studies conducted in the US and the UK report that white, straight teeth make people look younger, healthier, wealthier, smarter, better-educated, and more trustworthy. Having crooked, stained teeth can hurt your chances of landing a job, and are a major reason why a second date does not happen.

Of course, proper treatment by an orthodontist is necessary to get nice, straight teeth. A professional whitening treatment is also a good first step towards getting that perfect smile. However, in-between dentist visits and professional orthodontist treatment, there are many things you can do at home to preserve and improve your smile.

Visit Nalchajian Orthodontics to schedule an appointment and for more advice on making your smile look its best.

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