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GUIDE INSIDE

How Often Do You Really Need to Replace Your Toothbrush?

Bad Breath

The Fastest Ways to Get Rid of the Problem

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Foods That Are Proven to Whiten Your Teeth

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Foods That Are Proven to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

e all know the common (delicious) culprits that stain our pearly whites: Coffee, tea, red wine. But are there any foods or drinks that can actually do the opposite? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. Not only can the right foods and drinks help scrub away stains and make your teeth look brighter, but some can also actually strengthen your chompers from the inside —and make them whiter on the outside. So if you’re curious about how to whiten teeth naturally, here are eight dentist-approved picks to add to your menu.

Plain Yogurt

It’s a double-whammy, dental-wise. Yogurt is rich in calcium, which is essential for keeping your teeth looking healthy and bright. “Calcium-rich foods help strengthen the enamel, the outer layer of teeth that give them their whiteness,” says Timothy Chase, a cosmetic dentist at SmilesNY in Manhattan. It’s also a good source of phosphorus, a mineral that works like a wingman to make calcium’s effects more potent. “While phosphorus doesn’t have a specific whitening ef-

fect, it does help maintain the enamel that gives teeth their outer beauty,” Chase says. Just steer clear of the flavored stuff. Over time, those added sugars can break down tooth enamel, dulling your smile.

Cheese

Like yogurt, it’s rich in the enamel strengtheners calcium and phosphorus. You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck from hard cheeses like cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmesan. Of course, you might not notice as much whitening action if you wash down your cheese plate with a glass of red wine.

Apples

Think of them as nature’s best designer toothbrush. The crunchy texture of apples acts as a gentle abrasive to scrub away the plaque that can leave your teeth looking dull. “The chewing that’s required also promotes the production of saliva, which helps keep plaque from developing. And stains attach to plaque like Velcro,” says periodontist and nutrition expert Sandra Moldovan.

Carrots

Just like apples, carrots’ hard,

crunchy texture can actually help scrub your teeth clean, say Muldovan and Freeman. You’ll want to stick with raw ones, though. Cooked carrots are too soft to deliver much scrubbing action.

Milk

Drink up for stronger bones — and whiter teeth. Milk is another top source of both calcium and phosphorus. Keep in mind that the mineral content goes up as the fat content goes down, so you’ll get the most of both nutrients from skim milk. (A cup of skim milk has 316 mg of calcium and 255 mg of phosphorus, while a cup of whole milk has 276 mg of calcium and 205 mg of phosphorus.)

Celery

Breaking down the crisp, fibrous stalks with your chompers helps scrape away stain-causing plaque and boosts the production of saliva. Crunch away, people. And maybe dip into a little peanut butter while you’re at it.

Strawberries

Not only will they not stain your teeth red, but strawberries may also help make your teeth appear brighter

and whiter. “They contain an enzyme called malic acid that works as a natural astringent to remove surface discoloration,” says Steven Freeman, DDS, owner of Elite Smiles in St. Augustine, Fla. For even more whitening action, try applying mashed strawberries to your teeth like a paste for five minutes then rinsing and brushing as normal, he suggests. One study found that this method can help remove plaque to give it a whiter appearance without actually bleaching the teeth.

Xylitol-Sweetened Gum

OK, so it’s not technically a food. But chewing gum helps your mouth produce more saliva. Why pick one sweetened with xylitol? It’ll help you avoid plaque-promoting added sugars, to start. But even more important, the sugar alcohol has been shown to reduce the formation of plaque, which makes it harder for stains to stick to your teeth. Try cinnamon or spearmint flavors— findings suggest they enhance saliva production more than fruity flavors.


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How Often Do You Really Need to Replace Your Toothbrush?

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hanks to constant reminders from dentists, we know the golden rule when it comes to keeping our pearly whites in tip-top shape: Brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once. But all of that time spent brushing might be a waste if you’re using an old toothbrush. “If the bristles are splayed or frayed, they won’t be pointing in the same direction, and they’re not as effective at cleaning your teeth,” explains Matt Messina, a dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. Worn bristles mean that even a good brush could miss plaque and debris, Messina says. So most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months or before wear and tear becomes noticeable. And yes, these guidelines also apply to replacing the heads of

electric toothbrushes Remembering to replace your toothbrush is easy, even if you don’t have superhuman memory. When you open a new brush, do some quick math, and write the date you need to bid it adieu at the bottom of your toothbrush in permanent marker. One more thing: We don’t need to lose sleep over bacteria accumulating on the bristles of our toothbrush, which means there’s no need to chuck our brush every time we get sick, Messina says. “Bacteria in the mouth can’t survive a dry environment. So you don’t need to go to extreme measures to sterilize your brush.” Just make sure you rinse it after every use and store it with the bristles facing up in a convenient place where it can air-dry.

— chemical compounds found in black and green tea — can prevent the growth of the bacteria that causes bad breath.  Bring on tea time!

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at Tel Aviv University found that regular coffee can stop bad breath in its tracks. Coffee leaves most people a little dehydrated, so make sure to steer clear of milk or creamer, which can be pungent in a dry mouth.

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How many times have you ordered a dish that’s loaded with garlic, only to realize you’ve run out of gum? Talk about a mood killer. If you’re in a pinch, chew on the parsley that’s garnishing your meal. A recent study found certain enzymes in parsley helped to neutralize garlic breath.

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The Fastest Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath (When You Don’t Have Gum)

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ven if you steer clear of the garlic bread and booze, bad breath can sneak up on you. And anyone who’s ever been caught before a big meeting or a date without an emergency mint or trusty stick of gum knows it can be a big issue. To neutralize these smelly situations, you have to know what causes them. Most of the time, we can blame bacteria — the kind that naturally occurs in our mouths — says Sunil Wadhwa, associate professor of dental medicine and director of orthodontics at Columbia University. Brushing your teeth regularly is the best defense, but Wadhwa says many people forget to brush two major bacteria breeding grounds: their gums and tongue. If you’re practicing good dental hygiene and still experiencing rank breath, you may be dealing with a bigger issue like post-nasal drip or a sinus infection. But before you call your own dentist in a panic, experts advise using a tongue scraper to be sure you’re getting at the source of the stinky stuff. Of course, sometimes despite our regular brushing regimen, we still get caught with funky breath. Here’s what you should reach for to stifle the stank.

1. Water

When you’re really in a pinch, grab a glass of water. The bacteria in our mouths naturally releases a foul gas as it goes about its job of keeping our bodies healthy and balanced. “The saliva in your mouth actually prevents the release of gas,” Wadhwa says. “So anytime you have a dry mouth, more of the gas is released.” Stay hydrated to keep your salivary glands happy.

2. Carrots or Celery

Next time you’re stuck at cocktail party sans breath fresheners, reach for the crudités. Watery veggies, like carrots and celery, can act like a toothbrush substitute by clearing your mouth of food debris before they start to create a stench. Their real power, though, is in in the stimulation of saliva production. “A lot of things we think cure bad breath are really just increasing your saliva, which helps,” Wadhwa says.

3. Tea

In addition to helping with the dry mouth issue, tea has some other breath-boosting properties. Scientists have found that polyphenols

Before you head into your next meeting, grab an apple from the office break room. Apples contain oxidized polyphenols, which help to neutralize the odor produced by bacteria in your mouth.  Bonus: Biting into the firm texture of the apple helps to scrub bacteria off of your teeth too. But only if it’s black. Researchers

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