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Foods For Brightening Teeth

Submitted by Stella Morgan on June 3, 2010

Healthy Teeth Tips: Teeth are essential to us for chewing food which is the first stage in the digestive process. Human teeth are made up of several different layers. The top layer is called the enamel. This is a hard substance that protects the inner layer, the dentine, from exposure to bacteria or germs. The gum is below the dentine and it contains the nerves and blood supply for the teeth.

The enamel coating on the top of the teeth is white in color and this is the coating that may lose its color when one has discolored teeth.

Causes of Teeth Discoloration: Discolored teeth are a sign of poor health and hygiene and can also be indicative of some illness or disease, like diabetes. Diabetes patients can suffer from rotten looking teeth.

Discolored teeth may also be embarrassing in a social situation. Teeth can get stained or dirty because of many reasons that pertain to hygiene, diet and lifestyle. Smoking causes the formation of brown stains on the teeth as well as on the lips and the gums.

Tea and coffee are consumed in large quantities by people, especially by those in stressful jobs. These drinks also tend to stain the teeth. Red wine and cola based drinks are also known to cause teeth staining when regularly consumed.

On the other side of the scale are foods that are likely to help keep your teeth fresh and white. Before one tries these, one should ensure that a healthy routine is being followed when it comes to brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth. Brushing should be done twice a day with toothpaste that is recommended by your doctor. After meals or drinks one should wash the mouth to clear out any residual items that may be stuck in the teeth or be coating the teeth.

Healthy Diet for Teeth: Fruits and vegetables are recommended for whiter teeth. Hard fruits like apples are good for the teeth. Some vegetables can be consumed raw and tend to be hard like carrots. All fruits that are of a crunchy consistency can be considered to be good for the teeth.

Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening: One can also use other home remedies for teeth whitening like using the inner surface of an orange peel to scrub the teeth. This must be done regularly to achieve results but not vigorously so as to cause your gums to bleed. Strawberries can be used in the same manner as they also help to polish the teeth.

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