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Surprise! Steak and Strawberries Whiten Teeth

Mar 28, 2014

By Dean George

Some days the news is so good you just have to pinch yourself! Allow us to explain.

Who doesn’t like strawberries and dark chocolate or enjoy indulging in a good juicy steak sometimes? We know strawberries, steak and dark chocolate taste great, but would you be interested to know that they actually help whiten teeth?  It’s true!

Strawberries contain both an astringent and Vitamin C. The astringent scrubs away at tooth stains, while the Vitamin C whitens teeth by clearing away plaque.

One of the best known and most popular berries, the naturally sweet taste of strawberries is used to flavor everything from ice cream and pie to milk and cereals. Strawberries are part of a wide-ranging berry family, just a few being blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, gooseberries, huckleberries, boysenberries and mulberries.

Unfortunately these otherwise healthy fruits have a downside:  they stain teeth. But according to Dr. Marc Liechtung, founder of Manhattan Dental Arts in New York City, strawberries are not only different from those other berries but they are actually good as a teeth whitener as noted earlier in Agent Straight-Talk.

“Although most berries stain, the strawberry is the exception. Mixed with a bit of baking soda and brushed onto the teeth, this makes teeth-whitening a tasty event that can be done weekly,” Dr. Liechtung said.

But wait, there’s more! Dark chocolate contains natural tannins that prevent tooth decay by reducing the growth of plaque. The oxalic acid in dark chocolate appears to lower the acid production of the oral bacteria that feeds plaque and prevents it from sticking to teeth. Because dark chocolate has a higher portion of cocoa solids than milk chocolate, it also whitens teeth. Consider it a sweet bonus!

And if you’ve been craving a mouthwatering rib eye steak, go ahead and treat yourself. The American Dental Association has acknowledged that the phosphorus found in steak helps protect tooth enamel and bone.  They add that the constant chewing required when eating red meat is also good for the teeth and gums, not to mention the saliva it generates.

If the thought of a juicy steak, sun-ripened strawberries or luscious dark chocolate doesn’t have your mouthwatering, you may want to consult a dentist. For plans that can help you do that, click here.

Sources: UPI, doctor oz.com, smilecreator.net, mensxp.com
Photo source: tekkaus.com,eatingwell.com


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