An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and the dentist. The fibre in apples, particularly their hard skins, helps scrub the teeth and acts as a natural gum massager. The juicy flesh works well in removing other food debris caught between the teeth.
Be aware that apples are also high in natural sugars, so you should rinse your mouth with water after eating them to get rid of acid that could damage your teeth and gums.
Despite their wonderfully sweet flavour, strawberries are naturally low in sugar, making them an ideal healthy snack. Like other fruits, the fibre helps brush away dirt on the surface of the teeth. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which is a natural enamel whitener so eating these could also help contribute to a sparkling smile.
Leafy green vegetables give your mouth a healthy workout, with their fibre content scrubbing away food debris and plaque as you eat them. Not only are the likes of spinach, kale and celery all high in fibre with no sugar content, they also contain calcium and B vitamins. Calcium strengthens teeth and bones and B vitamins help prevent and treat gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease.
Frequently rumoured to improve our night-time vision, carrots are more likely to benefit your dental health than to help you see in the dark. Their crunchy texture requires a lot of chewing which triggers saliva production and naturally cleans your teeth. Carrots also contain several B vitamins which fight gingivitis alongside their many other health-boosting properties.
Not only are nuts full of healthy fats, they’re great for cleaning and strengthening your teeth. Like carrots, these crunchy snacks can help us produce saliva which rinses down the teeth and regulates the acidity – or pH – of the mouth. Certain nuts like almonds are packed full of calcium, a mineral that your body needs to maintain strong teeth and bones.
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