Eat Your Way to a More Beautiful Smile

Make sure your smile is as beautiful as it can be by adjusting your diet to benefit your teeth.

When it comes to perfectly polished pearly whites, there's no doubt that celebrities are leading the pack. For most of us mere mortals, that perfect gleaming white smile seems unattainable, as it's often the result of expensive and time-consuming orthodontic treatment.

Tooth decay is the most common health problem in Australia, according to the Australian Dental Association. Thankfully, there are easier and more affordable ways to get the grin you've always dreamed of. It may be as simple as incorporating a few choice foods into your new year healthy meal plans.

What to avoid

To stop teeth from yellowing and staining, try to avoid coffee, tea and red wine.As hard as it may be to give up, sweetened tea and coffee also raises acid levels, which weakens the enamel on your chompers, so not only do these beverages stain teeth but they actually damage them, too.

Sugar is also a tooth's worst enemy, as the combination of bacteria and simple sugars produces acids that erode tooth enamel. This leads to cavities, making it important to avoid sugary drinks and foods if you're interested in looking after your smile. This means gummy lollies, soft drinks and juice should be kept to a minimum!

What to include

Crunchy fruits and vegetables are a great diet addition for bright, white teeth. Produce such as raw celery, carrots, apples and pears are abrasive and therefore polish your teeth as you eat them, all without eroding the enamel.

These foods also encourage the production of saliva, which naturally helps to protect teeth from bacteria that causes cavity. Saliva has compounds and enzymes to give it detergent properties, so the more there is in your mouth, the better looking your teeth will be

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