Oral health is an integral part of our general wellbeing. A healthy mouth goes beyond the coloration of our teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is essential. Thus, eating these foods will help you look after your oral health in a natural way.
Carrots, apples and cucumbers help us clean our teeth. According to Christine D. Wu, a researcher from the University of Illinois, “chewing may disturb dental plaque and serve as a cleansing mechanism”.
Sugar-free CHEWING GUM
A study by the University Medical Centre of the University of Groningen (Netherlands), published by scientific journal PLoS One, asserts that up to 10% of bacteria (100 million of them) in our mouth remains trapped in a standard piece of chewing gum. The more gum is chewed, the more species of bacteria it captures. However, after the first 30 seconds of chewing, its adhesiveness progressively disappears.
Products Rich in VITAMINS
According to the American Dental Association, consuming foods containing calcium (cheese, almonds, milk and vegetables) and high level of phosphorus (meat, egg and fish) can help keep tooth enamel strong and healthy.
Cheese (cheddar type) helps neutralise the acidity of the plaque. A recent study measured the oral Ph of three groups of adolescents: the first group ate cheese after each meal; the second group ate sugar-free yoghourt, and the third group drank whole milk also after each meal. After 10, 20 and 30 minutes, researchers measured the oral Ph of all the groups. The second and third groups maintained their pH levels, whereas the first group had a much less acidic level after each interval measured.
Green and black tea contain polyphenols, which control the development of bacteria associated to cavities and gum disease. A study carried out by the University of Illinois found that those people who rinsed their mouths with tea ten times a day for 1 minute, had less plaque than those who would do the same but with water. Besides, polyphenols suppress those genes responsible for the bad smell of bacteria.