An attractive smile is sure to enhance the way we look to a great extent. Strong, healthy, white teeth are the prerequisites of a great smile. Healthy and shiny teeth make us more attractive and fill us with confidence. However, it is a fact that the way our teeth look depends greatly on our nutrition.

So, which are the foods that give us a beautiful, shiny smile ?

  • Fluoride is essential for the normal mineralization of bones and the formation of dental enamel. It also prevents dental caries, by reducing the solubility of the enamel in acids produced by bacteria. Chicken, fatty fish and tea are all rich food sources of fluoride.

  • Vitamin C is essential for the prevention of gum disease and can be found in peppers, broccoli, acid fruit and strawberries.

  • Raisins contain substances that fight the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gingivitis.

  • Raw vegetables like carrots or cauliflower make us chew more, thus increasing the flow of saliva in the mouth.

  • Celery is a natural teeth cleanser.

  • Apples and pears neutralize acids in the mouth.

  • Cheese and yogurt provide us with calcium and phosphorus.

  • Sesame oil reduces dental plaque, thus protecting tooth enamel from caries.

Also, make sure to avoid candy and highly-sweetened foods like sugary breakfast cereals, chocolates and chocolate milk, sugary drinks and fizzy drinks, as these are loaded with sugar, which increases acid levels from bacteria in the mouth.

The best thirst quencher is also the smartest choice for your teeth. Water helps wash acid-producing foods from the mouth, it hydrates the mouth and it manages xerostomia which is the main cause behind bad breath.

Lastly, regular brushing and flossing, as well as periodical visits to your dentist always remain your best protection against tooth decay and gum problems.