Oral hygiene is extremely important. The quality of your smile speaks volumes on your behalf, so it’s important that you do everything you can to make a good impression. After meals, brushing and flossing are absolutely critical to maintaining your teeth, but they are not the only tools you have at your disposal to ensure that you have a great smile! Altering your diet is another great way to keep your teeth healthy.
Today, we’ll look at 5 foods that can make brushing easier and help keep those ‘pearly whites’ looking pearly white.
BEST FOODS FOR YOUR TEETH AND GUMS
Onions are rich with antimicrobial, sulfuric compounds that do a lot to mitigate the presence of harmful bacteria in our mouths. Onions are most powerful when consumed raw, but not everyone can manage a steady diet of raw onions. Working raw onions into sandwiches and salads is a great way to disguise the taste, but if it’s still too strong, cook them. Cooked onions are not as powerful as raw onions, but it’s better than nothing.
2. Green Tea
Regular consumption of Green Tea can do wonders for your teeth as you get older due to the high levels of catechins that are found within it. Catechins are complex substances whose natural properties fight inflammation and can help fight bacterial infections. And that’s not al! Studies conducted in Japan have found that drinking 1 to 2 cups of green tea per day would drastically reduce tooth loss later in life.
3. Strawberries & Kiwis
Citrus fruits have high concentrations of Vitamin C, which is great for your gums. Vitamin C helps to prevent the natural breakdown of a substance found in gum tissue called collagen. The absence of collagen leaves gum tissue tender and vulnerable to periodontal disease. Eating lots of citrus fruits will help you keep your gums strong. And when it comes to fruits with Vitamin C, strawberries and kiwis have the highest concentrations of them all!
Eating an apple as the effect of stimulating the production of saliva, which will help minimize the reach of oral bacteria. Also, because of the high fiber content found in apples, chewing them has a scrubbing effect on the surface of your teeth, sweeping away harmful bacteria. On a larger scale, chewing an apple will also help dislodge or otherwise disrupt dental plaque that is in the process of taking hold. It’s almost like brushing your teeth! For this reason, apples, along with a few other similar foods, such as celery, are known as “dental detergents.”
5. Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitakes Mushrooms contain high levels of lentinan, which is a powerful natural sugar that does wonder in the area of gingivitis prevention. In case you didn’t know, gingivitis is a gum disease that is caused by the buildup of biofilm, which is a byproduct of bacteria. Lentinan has the effect of targeting and killing the bacteria that produces biofilm, while leaving the rest the microorganism living in your mouth alone.
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