Ever wonder if the foods you’re eating are good for your teeth? Odds are you’re more worried about avoiding the foods that may damage or rot your teeth.
Here are a few surprising foods that can actually help improve your smile.
• Milk and Yogurt: High calcium content strengthens teeth and makes the enamel healthier and whiter.
• Pears: Aside from their sweet taste, pears have the capability of neutralizing odor-causing and staining bacteria as well as help wash away food debris with its juicy interior.
• Water: Not only is water the best drink out there for you, it also washes away pigmented food and reduces the acidity in your mouth. It is recommended to drink a sip of water after each time you consume dark colored food and drinks.
• Oranges: Citrus can be very detrimental to your teeth enamel as it strips away the protective coating on your teeth, but in small doses can actually help whiten your teeth by eroding and killing bacteria, plaque and food debris.
• Cheese: While all cheeses contain healthy amounts of calcium, the whiter the cheese, the better it is for your teeth. Goat cheese for instance is a stainless cheese that contains plenty of calcium to strengthen your teeth plus help to prevent any staining.
• Broccoli: Raw broccoli can help keep your teeth looking bright, as the florets of the broccoli will scrub the surface of your teeth without sticking, acting like a natural brush.
• Celery and Carrots: Vegetables with high water content, such as celery and carrots are great for minimizing food debris and stains on your teeth. Not only do they promote saliva production, but they also help strengthen gums.
• Baking Soda: Most toothpastes share the common ingredient, baking soda, which is actually a form of salt. Using baking soda on its own also acts as a mild abrasive that works at scrubbing away plaque and surface stains.
• Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and in this case, the dentist, too. The crispness of apples strengthens gums while the high water content helps wash away plaque, bacteria, and can neutralize acidity.
• Onions: Who would have thought the common bad breath vegetable would also aid in better oral health? Their colorless interior helps prevent any staining while the aftertaste will be sure to make you want to brush right away.
• Seeds and Nuts: Aside from their high protein, vitamins and fat content the abrasiveness of seeds and nuts cleans the surface of teeth by scrubbing plaque and stains.
• Strawberries: Though they may be red, strawberries actually contain malic acid, a natural astringent that helps remove surface stains and discoloration.