Improve Your Teeth While You Snack
If you could improve your teeth while eating, would you take full advantage of the opportunity? Most people think that eating actually does more harm to your teeth, especially when you don’t brush immediately after. And while this is true to a certain extent, there are a ton of foods that actually improve your dental health and clean your teeth while you eat them!
Everyone knows you should avoid sugary and acidic food as much as possible while eating, but here are some of the foods you can eat that actively improve your teeth:
- Carrot Sticks – Carrots are most commonly known for improving your eyesight, but they can also help your teeth to a large extent. The naturally high amount of fiber in carrots acts as a pseudo-toothbrush while you crunch away, cleaning your teeth and removing remaining food particles from your last meal. Carrots also contain a variety of vitamins—such as Vitamin B—that help fight and prevent gingivitis.
As you’re eating a carrot, you may also notice that your saliva production increases. This extra saliva acts as a natural tooth cleaner that keeps bacteria in check.
- Kale and Other Leafy Greens – Another food that’s high in fiber (like carrots) is kale, along with other leafy greens. Their fibrous nature helps clean your teeth while you eat. They also contain a high level of B vitamins to fight gingivitis, as well as a high level of calcium, which promotes healthy bone and teeth growth.
If you’re not wild about kale, you can also eat spinach to gain the same benefits.
- Apples – Add apples to the list of naturally fibrous foods that help clean your teeth. As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But you might also want to add dentist to that saying!
To get the full dental benefits of eating an apple, be sure to eat it with the skin intact, as that’s where most of the fiber is. The acidity in apples also helps fight and prevent bad breath.
- Celery – Celery is another fibrous food that actively cleans your teeth while you eat it. Even though it gets a bad rap for its stringy consistency and bland flavor, celery is super beneficial for your teeth.
Celery also contains a good amount of vitamins A and C, which are both antioxidants that help your gums become strong and stay healthy.
- Yogurt – Unlike the other foods on this list, yogurt isn’t fibrous and doesn’t actively clean your teeth while you eat it. However, it’s got lots of protein for stronger tooth structure and calcium for enamel and tooth strength.
Yogurt also contains probiotics, good bacteria that can force out the other bacteria causing cavities and bad breath in your mouth. If you decide to snack on yogurt to improve your teeth, make sure you choose sugar-free!
- Sugar-free Gum – Most people think that gum is more damaging to your teeth than beneficial. That may be true for most gums that are packed full of sugar, but there are some types of gum that are actually good for your teeth.
Gum can help get rid of hard-to-reach food particles that are stuck on your teeth. Some gum (like Recaldent) can even help strengthen your enamel!
If you’re looking to snack on gum to improve your teeth, make sure you buy the sugar-free kind or else you’ll be taking one step forward and two steps back.
There are many foods and snacks that are good for your teeth and for your body, so if you’re looking to have a great healthy smile, and get great news at your next dental cleaning in Richmond, VA with us, be mindful of these options when you’re in the mood to snack.