The Natural Toothbrush: 5 Foods That Are Actually Good For your Teeth

We often only think about the types of foods that will damage our teeth, like soda, candy, etc. It’s true that what we eat and drink can affect the health of our teeth, but did you know that there are some foods that are actually good for your teeth? You might already be a fan of some of these snacks, but if you’re looking for another way to strengthen your teeth other than brushing and flossing, consider giving these treats a taste:

Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants which contribute to the health of our bodies in general. These same antioxidants also work to prevent plaque build-up on our teeth. If you are concerned about plaque build-up in between your professional cleanings at the dentist, you might think about sipping on some green tea to keep the plaque at bay.

Sesame Seeds

Those tiny little sesame seeds you find on bread, rolls and buns can actually help your teeth! They have the ability to dissolve plaque on the teeth and they may also assist in building up the enamel layer. Since this snack is a little more obscure, it can be difficult to work it into your regular diet. However, many people enjoy putting sesame seeds on top of a salad, or even over some stir-fried vegetables or chicken.

Raw Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain natural antibiotic properties that will kill bacteria that can build up and do harm to your teeth and gums. This antibiotic property remains even when cooked, but is more potent when raw. While these foods can be a great natural way to get rid of bacteria on the teeth and gums, we all know they won’t do anything to help your breath. Eating raw garlic or onions to clean up your mouth might be a little extreme, but if you’re concerned about infections on your teeth, tongue or gums, it is possible to find a way to work them into your diet.

Raw Cauliflower

Because raw cauliflower (or any other raw vegetable) is rough it acts as an abrasive agent, cleaning your teeth while you eat. It takes a lot of chewing to break it down, so it also stimulates saliva production which helps to keep plaque formation down. The natural vitamins and minerals present in raw vegetables will strengthen your whole body, which in turn also works to maintain healthy teeth. This is a great snack to chomp on during a movie as opposed to a bag of potato chips or box of Junior Mints. Pair it with cucumbers, carrots, celery, or even ranch dressing for an easy snack that’s more exciting than just raw cauliflower.

Grapes

According to the dental professionals of Franklin Dental Care, a dental clinic in Fort Mcmurray, the skin in grapes works to clean your teeth as you chew, but grapes also contain a compound called malic acid that works to whiten teeth. With all of the teeth-whitening gimmicks out there, this could be an easier (and cheaper method) for getting a whiter smile on a more regular basis. This is also a great snack to chomp on throughout the day, or even while you watch TV. No need to go to the dentist or apply white strips to your teeth for an hour—just snack on some healthy grapes!
A little planning should make it easy to add these 5 common foods to your daily diet. Pack your own, or look for items on restaurant menus that contain these types of foods. Choose a cup of green tea once a day over a cup of coffee or a soda. Grab a handful of grapes for a quick on the go snack. Add plenty of raw vegetables when you make or order a salad. Use onions and garlic freely in salads and cooked dishes. And don’t forget that sesame seed roll with your salad. Your teeth will thank you; and they will be around to serve you for many years to come.

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