Crunchy foods have their benefits. It takes a lot of mouth work to chew on apples, cucumbers, and carrots, but all that crunching is actually good for your teeth. Research suggests that chewing serves as a mechanism that disturbs dental plaque and cleanses bacteria that cling to your teeth.
For the cheese lovers out there, it’s your lucky day. Cheese has shown to neutralize the plaque acid in the mouth and nourish the teeth with calcium. Chewing also increases saliva production – but make sure you’re chewing on healthy snacks!
Calcium is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and mouth. Leafy greens, nuts, and cheese contain high levels of calcium that redeposit minerals back into your mouth. Meat, eggs and fish, are also high in phosphorous, which keep the tooth enamel strong and healthy.
Pop a sugarless gum in your mouth after a meal. Studies show when you chew, saliva secretion clears away some of the bacteria in the mouth. Once again, the keyword here is sugarless!
Milk is not just good for the bones; it’s great for the teeth as well. A study conducted by the Journal of the American Dental Association found that milk consumption after eating dry, sweet foods decreased the acidity in the mouth. Next time you snack on something, wash it down with a glass of low-fat milk to balance out some of the acid created by plaque bacteria.
Berries are brimming with Vitamin C, which is essential for building collagen in your gums. Collagen is a protein necessary for the strength of your teeth. Berries are high in antioxidants, contain polyphenols that help prevent plaque from sticking to teeth, and reduce the risk of cavities. That’s not all; strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid that is known to whiten teeth.