They may be bright red, but malic acid, a chief component of this summery
fruit, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says
Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.
Fresh, juicy strawberries taste great in any meal—salads, desserts, cereal—and
are widely available at farmers markets this time of year, so getting your
daily dose is both simple and delicious.
The loud crunch you
hear when you bite into this hard fruit may be annoying, but it's also good for
your choppers. Apples' crispiness strengthens gums, and their high water
content increases saliva production, dispersing and neutralizing colonies of
bacteria that lead to bad breath and plaque, says Smigel.
Drink lots of water to keep your
mouth hydrated and your smile bright, advises Smigel, who recommends sipping
and swishing between glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to
prevent staining. However, while water reduces the acidity in your mouth and
the resulting damage to your enamel, Dr. Smigel warns against imbibing too much
sparkling water, which has greater potential to erode enamel and harm teeth.
Sheila L. Brush, DDS, PC
6856 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Laytonsville, MD 20882
Telephone: (301) 926-9515