Foods That Naturally Whiten Teeth

489195623Brightening your smile is as easy as going to your dentist for a quick in-office whitening treatment. Or, you can also simply just purchase an at-home treatment option using a whitening toothpaste, mouthwash or whitening pens, strips or trays. Or, you can also get that brighter smile you’ve always wanted simply by eating your way to it.

Yes, eating. As in, munching on food.

Now, while it is true that certain types of food have been known to cause stains and discoloration in teeth, there are some that do the opposite.

If you’re looking to whiten your teeth the natural way, or want to supplement your ongoing whitening treatment, feel free to start adding these to your next grocery list.

  1. Cauliflower

It’s one of those kinds of food that require you to chew a lot and the more chew, the more saliva you produce. And, in case you didn’t know, saliva is your mouth’s natural cleanser for your teeth to help keep them bright and shiny.

  1. Apples

Apples are hard, crunchy and tasty to boot. Though, it’s that crunchy part that makes apples so beneficial for your teeth as chewing on them helps scrub away all the stains on your teeth.

It also helps that apples have a high concentration of malic acid, a common ingredient in many toothpastes that increases saliva production. And, as mentioned previously, more saliva means cleaner, brighter looking teeth.

  1. Strawberries

In case you don’t fancy apples, but still want a fruit packed with malic acid, strawberries is a good alternative.

  1. Cheese, Yogurt and Milk

Dairy products, such as the three mentioned above, contain lactic acid and calcium, both of which strengthen your teeth and at the same time, whitens them as well.

Chewing on cheese, in particular, also helps promote the production of saliva.

  1. Pineapple

Pineapple is the only food that contains bromelain naturally, which is a compound with powerful cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain has also been proven as an effective stain-removing ingredient when used in toothpastes.

  1. Broccoli

While most of the food items here are rich in fiber, broccoli is especially so and adding lots of fiber in your daily diet not only curbs your appetite, but also help reduce inflammation in your body, including your mouth.

Snacking on crisp, raw broccoli benefits not just your teeth, but also your body. Plus, the iron found in broccoli helps provide an added wall of protection for your teeth against harmful bacteria, which makes this vegetable even more effective against stains and cavities.

  1. Raisins

While it’s easy to think that raisins are bad for your teeth given how full of sugar they are, the truth is actually quite the opposite.

Research shows that adding raisins to your daily breakfast cereal can help make it more effective in cleaning your mouth. Also, chewing on raisin stimulates saliva production.

  1. Water

We all know how drinking water regularly is good for our health, and the fact that it’s also good for keeping our teeth bright and shiny only reinforces how we should drink much more water than we currently are.

Paired with regular trips to the dentist and of course, proper oral care at home, munching on these goodies will surely keep your teeth, as well as your body, feeling and looking healthy.

For a quick and effective way to whiten teeth, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada at 310-546-2595 or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com to learn more about treatments to whiten teeth.

Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard For Bruxism

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If you find yourself constantly waking up with a dull headache, tooth pain or a sore jaw, you may want to go to your dentist to see if you’re suffering from bruxism.

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a dental condition that affects as many as 1 out of 10 adults and in rare cases, may also affect children and teenagers. Common symptoms of bruxism include neck pain, jaw pain, headache, and tooth pain.

The most common means of alleviating the pain that comes with bruxism is taking care of the teeth grinding itself, which usually happens while one is sleeping, by wearing a dental appliance known as a night guard.

Night guards are available at most pharmacies and can be bought without a prescription. To use, the appliance is boiled, left to cool for a few seconds and then worn for it to shape according to one’s own teeth. Though, for a better-fitting and more durable, albeit more expensive, night guard, you can buy one directly from your dentist.

Regardless of the type of night guard you’re wearing, the main function remains the same and it’s to prevent the damage done by the constant grinding of your teeth while you’re asleep.

Save from the added protection, wearing night guards also carry other benefits, such as:

  • Lesser pain and discomfort when you wake up. While the main purpose of wearing a night guard is to protect your teeth from further damage, these dental appliances can also make a huge difference for patients who complain about sore jaws, muscle fatigue and spasms, ear aches, neck pain and other types of pain commonly associated with bruxism.
  • Improved sleep patterns. Because of how night guards minimize common bruxism symptoms, they also help improve your once-disrupted sleeping patterns. The mouth guard helps improve the position of your jaws to make it easier for your muscle to relax and helping you avoid that stress-filled sleep that you’ve come to get used to thanks to bruxism.

Alternative Treatment Options For Bruxism

If you feel that the night guard isn’t making enough of a difference, there are other alternative treatment options that you can inquire to your dentist about, such as:

  • Teeth straightening – Maloclussions, or teeth that are out of alignment causing an overbite or underbite has been known to contribute to bruxism. Wearing braces can help in such cases.
  • Proper stress management – Bruxism is also likely to be caused by anxiety, so you may want to try out certain methods of relaxation such as meditation. Professional counselling, in severe cases, may also be necessary and useful.
  • Dietary changes. Stimulants, such as caffeine, have been known to cause teeth grinding, so your dentist might recommend avoiding such beverages. You may also be asked to stay off antidepressants, as they may make bruxism symptoms worse. This is a great time to remind you that during your initial consultation about bruxism, that you be honest with your dentist, especially when it comes to medication, so you can be told if it’s bad for you or be suggested an alternative.

While wearing night guards have been proven to help with bruxism, the best course of action is still to ask for help from a licensed dental professional.

If you have bruxism and feel that you would benefit from a night guard, call Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultaion today or visit www.chrisjohnsdds.com to learn more about night gaurds.