Brush, floss, mouthwash. You might have forgotten, but another key way to improve your dental hygiene is by eating healthier foods. Sugary and starchy foods stick to your teeth and are one step away from cavities. In order to do your teeth a favor, try these foods for better results.
1. Celery: When you chew this veggie, you have to produce extra saliva, which is one of the best ways to end the bacterias that cause cavities.
2. Carrots: Like the above food, this is a hard veggie that massages your gums as you chew it. That means that your teeth stay cleaner and your gums stay fresher.
3. Green tea: Catechins are abundant in this drink, and kill the sugars that turn into plaque. Drink more green tea for better health and cleaner teeth.
4. Cheese: Low carbs and high calcium are important reasons why this food made the list. Not to mention, the low acidity of cheese levels the PH of your mouth, which is a great method to decreasing bacteria-producing cavities. With lots of saliva, and an enamel rebuilding mechanism, you can snack on cheese every day and feel good about it.
5. Apples: Pears are good too, because like apples, they are crunchy and have a lot of water in them, which is important to washing away extra bits that remain in your mouth.
6. Kiwi: This fruit has tons of Vitamin C, which is necessary for the collagen that your gums need to live.
7. Shiitake Mushrooms: Lentinan is a sugar in these shrooms that can prevent plaque and tastes great in stir fries.
8. Onions: When eaten raw, these veggies can do damage to your breath, but that is when they are most deadly towards cavity causing bacteria.
9. Parsley: Like mint, parsley is great for your breath. Monoterpenes travel to your lungs and are released through your breath, which is great to counter #8.
10. Sesame Seeds: Seeds are really great for teeth cleaning and enamel building. Sesames are also high in calcium, which is what your teeth and bones are made of.
11. Nuts: These small protein packed treats are extraordinarily healthy. They help to lower cholesterol, have essential fats, and are delicious. They also have calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, nutrients that healthy teeth need.
12. Water: With wet gums and great saliva stimulation, drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and your body. It washes out your mouth too, which is good to remember after drinking coffee, tea, (goodness forbid) soda, acidic foods and juices, and other sticky foods.
These foods aren't too hard to come by, and adding them into your diet is easy. Drink more water at work, keep seeds or nuts handy for snacking, hard fruits and veggies in a bag when you're on the go, and add some extra toppings like onion, parsley or shiitakes. Pretty soon, your teeth will be thanking your for all the new tastes (and so will your tongue!)