Caring for an Elderly Parent With Special Dental Needs

Caring for an Elderly Parent With Special Dental Needs

4 Simple & Natural Whitening Secrets For A Sparkling Smile

Joe Lawrence

Keeping your teeth white may not be an easy task. You need to make sure you visit your cosmetic dentist and keep up with your oral care regimen. But your smile is worth it. And the following 4 natural additions to your diet will make it even easier to keep that sparkling smile. 

1. Add Some Apples

The first natural way to whiten your teeth is to consider eating more apples. Apples contain a very special ingredient called malic acid. Malic acid is an active ingredient that is mildly abrasive. This should help lift surface stains from your teeth. 

Malic acid also helps to stimulate your salivary glands, which means that you will be producing more saliva. Saliva contains several enzymes that help remineralize your teeth, which should make them strong enough to resist bacterial attacks. These attacks could lead to dental erosion and stains. Don't forget that saliva also helps kill stain-causing bacteria. 

2. Eat More Pineapple

Yes, that tropical fruit that you might enjoy every now and then, could also help whiten your teeth. The secret within pineapples is an active ingredient called bromelain. Bromelain helps disrupt the biofilm formation that would allow bacteria to stick to your teeth and stain them, eventually. 

And, just like malic acid, bromelain is also mildly abrasive. That should also help lift some surface stains from your teeth. 

3. Seeds, Anyone?

Adding more sesame seeds to your diet will help whiten your teeth. Sesame seeds have two properties that should help whiten your teeth. The first is their natural crunchiness that should help scrape away stains from the surface of your teeth. The second property is their high calcium content. Your teeth are mostly made up of calcium. Adding more calcium to your diet should help remineralize your teeth, successfully strengthening them to fend off bacterial attacks. And you know bacterial attacks could lead to tooth stains. 

4. Go Ahead, Sprinkle A Little Salt

You should consider adding a little sea salt to your diet. Sea salt is full of minerals that are unfortunately filtered out of readily available table salt. The reason you need sea salt is because it contains fluoride. Fluoride is an active ingredient that helps form a protective layer around your teeth. This layer should help fend off bacterial attacks that may threaten your pearly whites.

You can purchase sea salt from your local health food store or online. 

As you can see, making sure your smile is white can be done by altering your diet just a tad bit. You should remember that these suggestions are only meant to prevent stains and deal with surface stains. Stubborn stains may have penetrated the enamel, which only a cosmetic dentist (such as one from Milan Simanek, D.D.S. & Associates) can deal with.


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Caring for an elderly parent tends to be tough enough without the added stress of dealing with dental implants or dentures. But, the prospect is not the end of the world—there are many things you can do to ensure that your parent's dental health is not compromised without having to spend a lot of personal time doing the care yourself. Between working with the right dentist, hiring a service provider for part time work, and giving your parent the tools he or she needs to care for his or her own dental health at home, you'll find that dental health for your loved one isn't so tough or time consuming after all. Hopefully you are able to get the support and information you need right here.