Friday, August 20, 2010

A Fruity Discovery Made in the Dentistry Industry

As always, science is amazing! American Dental Plan is always looking for interesting news stories and studies that are relevant to our members.

When we think of our teeth and the ideal image of a smile, we always think of a pearly white grin, beaming at our audience. If this were not the case, then teeth whitening agents and teeth whitening procedures would not be such a hot selling item in drug stores and dentists offices.

In this article, The Dental Tribune reveals a study conducted by Harvard University. It revealed that “eating fruit daily is the best way to whiten teeth.”

The three-month clinical study determined that “strawberries, orange peels, and lemon juice are the most effective teeth whiteners in the world. Strawberries can be made into a puree and smothered on the teeth.”

Apparently, strawberries contain a natural enzyme that removes tooth stains, according to Orange peels can be used to remove tooth stains, just by rubbing the inside of a peel against tooth surfaces.

In addition, the study disclosed that a little lemon juice can go a long way if you take a little lemon juice and salt with warm water, and rinse your mouth out, the combination will remove stains from coffee, tea, red wine and other teeth staining items.

Baking soda can also do wonders, which is why it is now an active ingredient in toothpaste. Peroxide is another whitening agent. Strawberries, lemons, baking soda, peroxide and various concoctions may not taste great, but they are effective whiteners.

As the article states, “it is best to not drink coffee, tea, colas or red wine, which are all known to stain teeth and cause some decay of the enamel. Apples and potatoes can cause discoloration, but they also tend to clean off the teeth. Mouth washing is important after eating apples.”

At American Dental Plan, our “Aim” is to help improve your oral health and smile.
It is best to ask your dentist about any of these agents and the best way to use them. Obviously, too much of any of these items may cause a break-down in the enamel if used in excess. In addition, every one has different shades of teeth. Some teeth are naturally more yellow or darker. It is best to consult with a dentist to discuss a whitening plan, aside from any natural approaches.

Finally, remember that a little prevention can go a long way. Going to the dentist once or twice a year for a cleaning and checkup is strongly suggested.