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Dentist reveals the foods to eat to improve your smile 

A dentist has revealed that Australians with pearly whites are perceived to be more attractive than people with bad teeth.

Philips Sonicare ambassador, Dr Steven Lin, believes that your oral health routine is the most important beauty step you can’t afford to skip.

‘It’s vital you think of both diet and dentistry working together – as good oral health care can’t exist on just one element,’ Dr Lin explained. 

He has shared with FEMAIL the surprising foods we should be eating to look after our smiles.

Philips Sonicare ambassador, Dr Steven Lin, (pictured) believes that your oral health routine might be the most important beauty step you can’t afford to skip

‘If you’re eating right but never brushing your teeth I will guarantee you’re still going to have problems, whether it be from staining, receding gums or just general wear and tear.

‘In this day and age brands are making it easier than ever to achieve an oral health routine where you simply can’t go wrong but also allowing you to take your oral health into your own hands.’ 

AN AVO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY  

Avocado is definitely one of the ‘trendiest’ foods at the moment and isn’t hard to find, with it making appearances on menus everywhere. 

‘Avocado is a food that is known for its ability to strengthen teeth along with other key foods like spinach and sauerkraut, making them fantastic foods to consume for good oral health,’ Dr Lin explained.

‘Reason being – an avocado’s flesh is full of prebiotic fiber, feeding probiotic bacteria in your oral and gut microbiome and promoting healthy digestion.’

An extra tip Dr Lin shared is that the Hass avocado contains more fibre than the lighter green Florida avocados.  

'Avocado is a food that is known for its ability to strengthen teeth along with other key foods like spinach and sauerkraut, making them fantastic foods to consume for good oral health,' Dr Lin explained

‘Avocado is a food that is known for its ability to strengthen teeth along with other key foods like spinach and sauerkraut, making them fantastic foods to consume for good oral health,’ Dr Lin explained

IT’S ALL IN THE CHEW  

‘Everyone knows that they need to lay off the sugar if they want a brighter, whiter smile.

‘However, what’s not commonly known is that foods that make you chew will benefit your teeth and a serving of raw vegetables a day will do wonders for your smile.’

He also said that eating foods such as almonds and kale, which are rich in calcium, will help build your bones.

HOLD THE REFINED

He also recommends avoiding refined flour, which is typically found in breads, pastas and white rice.

‘The flour behaves in a similar way to sugar in the body, hence it’s not an ideal ingredient for your oral health.

‘While everything in moderation will always be key, make sure you limit your intake and check out the packages while shopping to aim for wholegrain and whole meal varieties.’  

He also recommends avoiding refined flour, which is typically found in breads, pastas and white rice

He also recommends avoiding refined flour, which is typically found in breads, pastas and white rice

FAT IS BACK

Dr Lin said that one of the big issues people have is trying to find something to replace sugar with when they reduce their intake. 

‘Natural fats are now back in fashion and the health benefits for your teeth and whole body are understood now better than ever,’ he said.

‘Specifically, a group of whole fatty foods such as eggs, butter and organ meats contain a group of vitamins A, D and K2.

‘These three are specifically what your body needs to grow strong teeth and strengthen the immune system inside your teeth to protect you from dental disease.’

Don’t skimp out on good fats and make sure you are adding these foods to your diet for a stunning and healthy smile.

Don¿t skimp out on good fats and make sure you are adding these foods to your diet for a stunning and healthy smile

Don’t skimp out on good fats and make sure you are adding these foods to your diet for a stunning and healthy smile

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