26
November
2014

Nutritious Foods that Fight Bacteria and Clean Teeth

If you want your teeth to remain strong, you should consume more healthy snacks that naturally clean your teeth.

Consume Foods that Fight Bacteria, Remove Plaque, Strengthen Enamel, and Freshen Your Breath

Reduce Cavities by Chewing on Celery 

The chewing that celery requires helps to produce saliva which neutralizes the bacteria that causes cavities. Thanks to celery’s abrasive texture and fibers, it naturally cleans the gums as well as in between the teeth.

Whiten Teeth with Strawberries

These berries contain an enzyme called malic acid which naturally whitens teeth. Mash up a large strawberry and rub it on your teeth with your finger. Leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse, brush and floss.

Fight Plaque with Sesame Seeds

Primitive foods like seeds help to fight off plaque and help build enamel. These seeds have a high calcium value which contributes to conserving the bone around teeth and gums. Use sesame seeds by adding them to salads or with stir-fried veggies.

Protect Teeth with Cheese

Cheese has low carbs and is high in calcium and phosphate. This mix provides several benefits for teeth, first being it helps to balance the pH level in your mouth. If you have an acidic pH, it encourages the growth of bacterias that cause cavities. Hard cheeses are better for whitening since they also remove food particles. Lactic acid in dairy products helps to protect teeth against decay.

Freshen Your Breath with Parsley

Chewing on parsley leaves after a spicy meal will help keep your breath fresher. Parsley, as well as mint, contain a substance called monoterpenes. These evaporate into the blood stream and into your lungs, so when you breathe you release a pleasant smell. Parsley is also rich in calcium which we already know, helps keep our teeth and bones strong.

Prevent Gum Disease with Kiwi

For its size, the kiwi has more vitamin C than any other fruit. Eating one large kiwi a day is equivalent to over 100% of the recommended daily value. Vitamin C is important for oral health. If you do not get enough vitamin C the collagen network in your gums can deteriorate which makes your gums tender and susceptible to the bacteria that causes gum disease.

Nutrition plays an important role in maintaining your health, and eating nutritious foods can help strengthen your teeth and improve your oral health.

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