Smart Woman - Tips for Good Oral Health

Published 03/26 2013 07:42AM

Updated 03/26 2013 09:04AM

Your mouth is more than just a pretty smile. It is a gateway to your overall health. Here are some tips on how you can keep that gateway clean and those pearly whites sparkling.

Americans tend to avoid the dentist's office out of fear. Pediatric dentist Dr. Jane A. Soxman says "studies have shown that 50 percent of our nation has a fear of going to the dentist." Here are some tips to improve the health of your teeth. Eat those veggies, specifically carrots and celery. You get the same benefits as brushing with baking soda without the nasty taste.

Want a whiter smile? Try strawberries. Strawberries contain high amounts of folic acid that naturally clean and exfoliate your teeth. Want to try something a little extreme? Then try charcoal! No, not the kind for your grill, activated charcoal. It pulls toxins out of the mouth and removes stains. 

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