Brush three times a day, and floss after every meal. That’s pretty much the oral hygiene directive everyone gets, from youth to adult. But let’s be honest, a majority of us don’t abide by the post-meal-flossing or midday brushing rule, and even those of you who do may find your pearly whites not quite so pearly, even after all that added effort. The problem could be a simple as what you’re eating.
We all know the ‘big bads’ of oral hygiene, the high in sugar and teeth-staining foods and drinks your dentist always tells you to steer clear from, like candy and coffee. Less publicized are the foods that will actually help you have cleaner teeth, letting you enjoy a snack while improving your oral hygiene.
Now, no food you eat will replace a solid session of brushing and flossing, or anything your dentist can do, but eating certain foods can help kill bacteria in your mouth and clean your teeth a little bit throughout the day, adding up to a whiter smile and less cavities. Read on below to find out about 7 foods you can add to your daily diet that will help you improve your oral hygiene.
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Mildly acidic, apples are a great way to freshen up your breath, just be sure to get a crispy one, as the crunchy pieces also help to get in between teeth and remove light stains.
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Known as the anti-calorie snack, celery is beneficial to your oral hygiene too, and not just your figure. Crunchy foods like celery that inherently lack sugar and staining properties (along with carrots and apples) can pseudo-scrub your teeth as you chew them, making them great post-meal snacks.
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No, not the buttery stuff you get at the movie theater or the caramel-covered kind, if you want to help clean your teeth then unsweetened popcorn is the only way to go. Much like celery, unsweetened popcorn can help remove any pieces of food stuck between teeth and mildly clean teeth, just without all the crunch.
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Oils extracted from plants, otherwise known as essential oils, such as lavender, clove, and cinnamon oils aren’t just for cooking. Since most essential oils are inherently antibacterial, most can act as a mini mouth wash and kills disease and bad-breath causing germs in your mouth.
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Okay, so technically tea is a drink and not a food, but it can still help your oral hygiene. Many types of tea are high in flavonoids (e.g. green tea) and fluoride (e.g. black tea) that can inhibit bacteria from forming in your mouth.
Also, simply by drinking tea you are flushing out all of the germs in your mouth which leads to better overall oral hygiene, though in truth, the same thing can be accomplished by just drinking more water.
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Again, not a exactly a food, but the chewing process of gum can help to keep your mouth free of stains and stuck-on foods. Some sugar-free gums can also change the acidity level (pH) in your mouth to prevent the forming of plaque.
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All the tiny green florets on a head of broccoli already look like mini-scrubbers, and that’s very much what they do in your mouth. Without any sugar and neutral in acidity, broccoli florets scrub your teeth as you chew them, much in the same vein as other crunchy vegetables.
This is a sponsored post brought to you in collaboration with Hall Dental Centre.
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