Have you heard of ‘detergent’ foods before? If you haven’t, these are essentially crunchy foods that can clean your teeth as you chew on them, hence the name.
Here are some of the best detergent foods for your oral health:
There’s a reason apples are called “nature’s toothbrush.” While they cannot entirely replace a toothbrush, they sure do a great job in improving your oral hygiene.
Apples naturally scrub your teeth, gums and tongue as you eat them and can help fight off plaque and remove surface stains.
Apples are also useful in getting rid of bad breath. This is because the natural fibers in the fruit help it remove plaque that hides on the back of your tongue and in your throat.
While it may not win any points in terms of taste, celery is another great ‘detergent’ food as it can scrape off food particles and bacteria from your teeth as you eat it.
Celery is also loaded with vitamins A and C, which can improve the health of your gums.
Are you noticing a trend? Most detergent foods are crispy, which is what helps them clean your teeth as you eat them.
On top of naturally scraping off plaque from your teeth, eating carrots can increase saliva production in your mouth, which can cancel out any acids formed by bacteria, helping prevent cavities.
In order to maximize the oral health benefits of cucumbers, make sure you keep the peel on when you are eating them. (They taste better with the peel anyway). This will allow the fiber to massage your gums and scrub your teeth.
Just like carrots, cucumbers also promote saliva production, protecting your teeth even more from decay.
You probably didn’t expect to see this one on the list. Cheese isn’t crunchy, so how does it clean your teeth?
Although cheese doesn’t help as much with scrubbing your teeth, it can do things to combat the acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. A study published in the 2013 reported that eating cheese raises the pH in people’s mouths, lowering the risk of tooth decay.
Cheese also contains calcium and protein, which can help strengthen tooth enamel.
Things to Remember
If you want to get the best results from these detergent foods, you should make them the last thing you eat in your meal, especially if you know you won’t be brushing your teeth for a while.
I always like to eat an apple after dinner because I normally stay up pretty late.
Keep in mind that even though these foods can help clean your teeth, they should only be used for supplemental purposes. That means you should still be brushing and flossing regularly. No excuses!
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Sources: Colgate, Spartanburg Orthodontics, Watertower Dental Care, Care2, Princeton Restorative & Implant Dentistry LLC
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