What’s in a smile?
Ever since we were yay big, we’ve been told to brush our teeth morning and night, floss, and avoid eating foods that risk staining our pearly whites; all excellent tips to keep us flashing a healthy smile. But there’s more to it than that. In addition to our daily routine, as it turns out, what we eat also affects our teeth, our smile and in sum, our overall look. Below, we shed some light on the topic!
Julia Roberts and Lauren Conrad, two women with brilliant smiles.
Our smile is as important as the look of our skin, our smoky eye, or our ‘do. It is the mirror of the soul, as they say, and allows us to connect with the people around us, as well as make a killer first impression.
Spot the enamel!
Enamel is the outer layer that protects our teeth; the barrier that ensures nothing affects the inner layers. It is also partly responsible for our teeth turning yellow. Enamel is made up of phosphate and calcium, the supplements of which aren’t only good for keeping your bones strong!Damaged enamel causes a change to the texture of our teeth. This erosion may result from various food acids or acid reflux. Whatever the cause, a deterioration of the outer layer, and often, discoloration occurs.
Watch out for yellowing!
The foods below are responsible for tooth enamel erosion. Hence, eat them in moderation!
Fluoride: Substitute soft drinks and fruit juices with fluoridated water. Tap water is usually enriched with fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and fights cavities.
Sugar-free gum: Chewing gum increases saliva production, the latter of which helps re-mineralize teeth. It goes without saying: go for the sugar-free variety!
Specialty products: If you’re concerned about tooth enamel erosion, opt for toothpaste specially designed to strengthen the enamel. Our pick: Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste, $3.99 at pharmacies.