10 Foods That Will Make Your Teeth Look Whiter

You’d like to achieve that pearly white smile, but don’t want to spend fortune on treatments? Here’s how you can finally get your teeth whiter with completely natural ingredients.

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice and remember about you. According to a recent study by Match.com, about 58 percent of single men are more attracted to women with pearly whites. Delta Dental backed this up with a survey that found that 48 percent of people feel that a person’s smile is their best feature.

For the past few months, I’ve been on a quest to get a brighter smile. I’ve tried a lot of different methods to make my teeth look whiter; from pricey whitening strips and homemade baking soda paste to completely eliminating coffee and red wines from my diet, I’ve done them all.

However, having really sensitive teeth has made this process much harder than I expected. It doesn’t help that most of the options currently available aren’t permanent (including those hi-tech bleaching treatments), which makes getting those pearly whites—and making sure they last a while—pretty expensive.

Although most of us don’t have a huge budget to work with, getting that dreamy smile is still possible. In fact, something as simple as changing your diet can actually improve your dental hygiene.

There are certain foods that have been scientifically proven to have a major impact on how healthy your teeth are. Eating any of these vegetables, fruits or dairy products will go a long way towards brightening your smile regardless of your budget.

Get your crunch on with these veggies:

1. Celery

Woman eating a celery very aggressively

There are so many benefits to snacking on celery! Think of it as a natural toothbrush. Not only are there natural fiber strands that strengthen and clean your teeth, but the vitamin C contained in celery helps to prevent your gums from swelling up. Chewing on celery also promotes dental health because of the amount of saliva it generates, which fights cavities in the long run.

2. Broccoli

Salad lovers, rejoice! A study by the European Journal of Dentistry found that broccoli, which is a great source of iron, slows down tooth erosion and prevents cavities.

The researchers mentioned that the iron forms “a thin acid-resistant coating of hydrous iron oxide on the enamel mineral surface,” which will make your teeth sparkle.

3. Carrots

Young happy woman eating carrots

They don’t just taste good in your green smoothies. Not only are they packed with dietary fibers, which are a must for a healthy diet, but eating carrots is a surefire way to get rid of pesky plaque, prevent tooth decay and encourage gum growth. Here’s a bonus: They are also loaded with beta-carotene, which gives your skin that healthy glow.

Variety: the spice (and herb!) of life:

4. Basil

If you’ve ever woken up your partner with a less-than-pleasant smooch, having basil on hand is a lifesaver. It helps to fight tooth decay and will destroy the bacteria that makes your breath smell. Kiss your morning breath goodbye!

5. Parsley

portrait of attractive caucasian smiling woman isolated on white studio shot eating salat parsley

Parsley has the same effect as basil. It is excellent at getting rid of odors and is very cleansing. The best part is that it also works wonders as an herbal tea!

6. Garlic

It may not be a full member of the herb or spice family (it belongs to the Lily family), but there’s no question that garlic is a superfood. According to Livestrong, if you ever have a tooth infection, garlic works as a pain reliever. The article mentions that “the active ingredient in garlic is a sulfur-containing amino acid called allicin, which gives garlic its strong smell and antimicrobial properties.”

Fruit for a sweet tooth:

7. Pineapple

Happy young housewife holding fresh pineapple

Pineapples are a triple threat: They destroy plaque, strengthen your teeth enamel and function as a natural stain remover thanks to the bromelain enzyme.

8. Strawberries

Strawberries play a major part in both the health and beauty industry. Because they contain antioxidants and malic acid, strawberries can easily lift stains and correct discoloration. You can make this even more effective by adding baking soda. However, it’s crucial that you don’t use this method frequently so that the acid doesn’t harm your teeth.

9. Apples

An apple a day keeps the dentist away—when eaten in moderation. This juicy fruit is also a great source for malic acid, which increases the amount of saliva your mouth produces. Just make sure to wash down those natural sugars with a glass of water to reduce the chance of plaque buildup.

A cheesy smile:

10. Cheese

Closeup on young woman eating camembert

A recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry revealed that dairy products, particularly cheese, increase your mouth’s pH level and reduce your risk of developing cavities. After splitting participants into three separate groups, researchers assigned each one a specific dairy product, such as cheddar cheese, milk and yogurt.

They noticed that the group that ate the cheddar cheese actually had a drastic/quicker increase in their pH levels. Researchers believe that this is a direct result of chewing, which naturally increases your saliva. It doesn’t hurt that cheese is packed with calcium and phosphorus, which “adhere to tooth enamel and help further protect teeth from acid.”

Adding just one of these smile-friendly foods to your next ‘Netflix and Snack’ session will have you grinning from ear to ear in no time!

What Nail Polish Is In For 2012 – YouQueen

After a season of bright reds and neon colors, the nail polish trend for 2012 is nude.

If you are looking for a new color to refresh your nail polish collection for this season, look to trends shown during the fashion shows this year, but also the new collections from the leading manufacturers. Nude neutrals, romantic pastels, light metallic tones and colors of the ocean are what’s in this year.

Nudes

bloom nail polish

The perfect choice for a neat, fashionable manicure for those who are not into experimenting with color. A nice beige or pearl shade will go with everything you wear, while giving your fingers the classy, pampered look. Wear them on short, neat nails or over a French manicure for longer nails.

Pastels

opi new york ballet collection

Show your femininity with these lovely shades of pink, purple and gray. OPI came out with a new collection dedicated to the New York City Ballet, consisting of six pastel shades which will transform you into an “urban ballerina”. “You calling me a Lyre” is a soft pink, “Care to Danse?” is a lovely light purple, but you can find many other pastel colors to match your outfit and mood.

All the pastels go great with a summer tan, but make sure your manicure is perfect and touch up regularly to avoid chipping. If you’re not into bold colors or long nails, these pastels will look super cute on short nails, too!

Metallics

zoya nail polish

Gold or silver nails for the girl who isn’t afraid to shine in every occasion! These polishes will instantly add glamour to your outfit. If you’re feeling confident, go for a full metallic manicure, or pick a shimmery gold or silver polish for a look that will match any outfit and occasion, day or night.

Ocean Colors

dior garden party nail polish

Blues and greens are in right now, so you can choose from a variety of polishes. Shiny, matte or shimmery, a manicure in teal, mint green or a midnight blue will add some pizzazz to your look.

Printed Stickers

nail patch sephora

Easy as 1-2-3! Stick ’em on, and you’re ready to go, no drying or touching up needed. Sephora has a line of nail polish stickers which are super durable and easy to use. Choose the ones with an interesting print if you want your fingers to be a fashion statement of their own.

Last year’s “Chinese blossom” is still in, it’s a black printed with tiny, old-fashion roses in turquoise and pink. Go for “Nail Bling” for a disco look, or Sally Hansen “Cut it out” for a caleidoscopic effect. These take absolutely no time to put on or dry and set, the manicure lasts for more than ten days. The only down side is the removal process, which takes ages compared to removing nail polish.