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Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Discusses Teeth Whitening Diet

According to recent statistics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), teeth whitening procedures have increased during the last five years by over 300%. The latest AACD member poll also reports that 77% of dentists predict that teeth whitening will be the top office procedure for 2011. Dr. Michael Kosdon, a cosmetic dentist in Manhattan, says that he has seen a similar increase in the procedure and suggests that the growth is likely a result of the increased awareness of bright smiles from celebrities and subsequent media emphasis. While professional procedures are still the most effective treatment, Dr. Kosdon recommends several dieting tips for naturally whitening teeth and improving dental health.

At his New York City cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Michael Kosdon says teeth whitening has significantly grown in popularity in the last five years, an observation reflected by statistics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) stating that procedures in teeth whitening have increased over 300% since 2006. A recent AACD member poll also reports that 77% of dentists in the association believe teeth whitening will be the top office procedure for 2011, overtaking dental bonding as the most popular. In addition to professional dental procedures, Dr. Kosdon recommends regular and thorough oral hygiene paired with a healthy diet to maintain a bright smile. While certain drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and soda are known to stain teeth, Dr. Kosdon lists several foods that can help aid in the natural whitening of teeth.

Dr. Kosdon says that foods like apples, celery, and cauliflower work like nature’s toothbrush to scrub away plaque buildup because of their crunchy texture. He adds that they also stimulate saliva production, preventing stains from adhering to teeth. Oranges, pineapples, and strawberries, Dr. Kosdon says, contain acid that may help whiten the surface of teeth while killing bacteria and fighting against tooth decay and bad breath. He also recommends eating yogurt or cheese because they contain proteins that aid in the prevention of harmful, cavity-causing acids binding to teeth. These foods are also packed with vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, which can provide teeth with additional strength.

Whether patients are looking for cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers or simply routine checkups and general dentistry, Dr. Kosdon says that focusing on proper dental hygiene and oral health is the first and foremost concern. He adds that if patients desire additional cosmetic enhancement from professional teeth whitening procedures, seeking out a dental professional who is experienced and passionate about patient care can ensure the best results. “A sensible, well balanced diet can have an impact on your oral well-being in many ways. Eating healthy should be considered part of maintaining a beautiful smile, just like brushing and flossing.”

About Michael Kosdon, DDS

Dr. Michael Kosdon received his dental training at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and several other dental associations. He has dental practices in Los Angeles and New York City.

Dr. Kosdon’s New York City office is located at 30 Central Park South, Suite 12D, New York, NY 10019 and can be reached at (212) 658-1440. His practice can also be contacted online via the website or