There are foods that aren’t only just healthy for you in terms of the nutrients that they provide for mental acuity, muscle development, and energy—they are good for your teeth too! It’s not just old wive’s tales that certain foods can actually help improve your smile and preserve your enamel. These foods are detergents. Not the stuff you put in with your laundry to make it bright and fresh smelling, but it does help keep your smile bright and fresh smelling.
Clean Your Teeth Naturally
Detergent foods are everyday things that we eat that are beneficial to our teeth through their crunchy or coarse texture. They have relatively low acidity and properties that help to eliminate oral sugars and bring down the overall pH level of your saliva. Examples of these foods include, but aren’t limited to:
These foods are crisp and scrub your teeth when you eat them. As is the case with diet health in general, it is far more beneficial to consume these foods when they are natural and unprocessed. They remove excess materials from the enamel of your teeth without adding sugars and fats in their place.
It’s important to try and brush your teeth after every meal, but it’s not always possible to do. There are times when you won’t be able to sneak away and brush your teeth, so making sure detergent foods are a part of your diet can be really beneficial for your overall oral health.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy
A healthy mouth is one that has a neutral pH level, the higher the level of acidity in your mouth the more bacteria will live and breed in your saliva. Sugars that remain in your mouth feed the development of harmful bacteria and erode the enamel on your teeth. Gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath result in this disruption of your oral pH levels. Offsetting some of the effects of candies, soda, and chips with an apple, some carrots, celery, or lettuce is a tasty good idea.
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