10 Foods For Brighter Teeth and a Healthier Smile

FOOD  |  September 26, 2016
  • 1. Yogurt
    1 / 10 1. Yogurt

    The protein and calcium in yogurt help to strengthen teeth so they don’t get as brittle and as susceptible to decay, damage and bacteria.

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  • 2. Strawberries
    2 / 10 2. Strawberries

    If you love strawberries, you’ve probably got whiter teeth than most people. That’s because strawberries possess malic acid, a natural ingredient that helps to brighten teeth. In fact, malic acid is often found in anti-ageing creams to help hydrate, remove dead skin cells and reduce wrinkles.

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  • 3. Cheese
    3 / 10 3. Cheese

    Cheese contains casein, a milk protein that helps replenish minerals in tooth enamel to keep it stronger and whiter too.

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  • 4. Apples
    4 / 10 4. Apples

    Crunchy foods like apples and pears require loads of chewing that helps to increase salivation production in your mouth. Saliva acts as a natural cleansing agent to keep your mouth free from bacteria.

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  • 5. Pineapples
    5 / 10 5. Pineapples

    The enzyme bromelain found in pineapples prevents inflammation and helps cleanse the mouth. Fun fact: bromelain is also added into toothpaste for its brightening properties.

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  • 6. Broccoli and Spinach
    6 / 10 6. Broccoli and Spinach

    The iron found in these vegetables help create a barrier from bacteria that can break down the enamel of your teeth.

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  • 7. Water
    7 / 10 7. Water

    Not only does drinking water help prevent bad breath, it also helps to keep your teeth white. Water keeps your mouth moist enough so that bacteria doesn’t thrive and it increases saliva production too.

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  • 8. Nuts and Seeds
    8 / 10 8. Nuts and Seeds

    Seeds are naturally hard and abrasive, keeping plaque and stains from sticking onto your teeth.

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  • 9. Fatty Fish
    9 / 10 9. Fatty Fish

    Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation that causes gum disease and also protects against it. Another way to prevent gum disease is through regular flossing to rid teeth of food particles and prevent bacteria from breeding.

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  • 10. Dark Chocolate
    10 / 10 10. Dark Chocolate

    Dark chocolate contains certain enzymes that help to strengthen teeth.

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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