My shiny teeth that twinkle
Just like the stars in space
My shiny teeth that sparkle
Add beauty to my face
Chip Skylark (Chris Kirkpatrick) from The Fairly Oddparents Cartoon
Yogurt and milk
Unsweetened yogurt and milk, low acid forming foods, help prevent the gradual wearing away of the teeth (dental erosion). They are a good source of calcium, the main component of teeth.
Many fruit contain vitamin C. Apples, strawberries, citrus fruits, and kiwis are good examples of “teeth and gum healthy” fruit. Considered the cement that holds cells together, Vitamin C is vital to skin and gum tissue.
Polyphenols are antioxidant plant compounds that prevent plaque build-up which, in turn, help reduce the chances of developing cavities and gum disease. Green tea can also help inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause odor. Grape, cranberry, cocoa, and apple contain the same polyphenols.
Cheese is a high calcium and phosphate food that helps balance pH. Parmesan and processed chesses are high acid forming, cottage cheese is low acid forming, and Camembert and hard cheeses are acid forming. Cheese produces saliva, preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel, and kills the bacteria responsible for cavity formation and gum disease.
Celery produces plenty of saliva, which neutralizes cavity causing bacteria. It also massages gums and cleans between teeth keeping them healthy and clean. Chewing sugarless gum has the same effect.
Onions contains powerful antibacterial sulfur compounds. Eating them freshly peeled and raw is the best way to benefit from their antibacterial effects.
Water cleanses the mouth, hydrates gums, and helps wash away trapped food particles.
Gum (periodontal) disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems including heart disease.
People who do not consume enough Vitamin C are more likely than those who consume the recommended daily amount to develop periodontal disease . Too much Vitamin C is not recommended. Citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi are a great source of this antioxidant.
A low level of the Coenzyme Q10 antioxidant has been linked to gum disease. Consulting a dentist before supplementing is recommended. CoQ10 has to be consumed with flax seed oil or the equivalent.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is said to have anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help decrease odor and the risk of developing gingivitis and bleeding gums. Tea tree toothpaste is available in most health food stores or organic sections. An easy to make recipe:
3 teaspoons of baking soda
3 drops of tea tree oil
3 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin
6 drops of peppermint
Mix, brush, rinse with clean water
Cranberries help prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth. Cranberries, consumed in moderation, play a role in the prevention of plaque build-up.
Baking soda helps whiten teeth. Toothpaste made with baking soda is available in most pharmacies. An easy to make recipe:
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon of table salt
Mix, brush, rinse with clean water
Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic foods can actually harm tooth enamel so after drinking orange or tomato juice for example, it is best to rinse with water and wait a while before brushing.
Everyone loves a beautiful smile, and armed with shiny whites, who needs a bedazzler?
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