Eating can help with your oral hygiene
The food we need to nourish our bodies can often do a number on our teeth. Sticky or sugary food particles help the bacteria in our mouths to produce acids, leading to tooth decay. That’s why it’s so important to keep our teeth clean between meals.
“Nothing is as effective as a brush and a floss twenty minutes after you’ve eaten,” points out Julie Linzel, a dental hygienist in Charlottetown. But if cleaning your mouth after a meal isn’t always possible, there are other ways to do a little housekeeping for your kisser. And believe it or not, some of that involves eating! Here are six foods that can actually help with your oral hygiene.
1. Apples, carrots and celery
These snacks aren’t known as dental detergents for nothing. Crunchy fruits and vegetables increase the flow of cleansing saliva, giving your mouth a fresh feeling. Just be sure the fruits you choose between meals aren’t high in acid; they can be hard on your tooth enamel.
2. Cheese or milk
Acid from the foods we eat can eat away at our teeth. But many dairy products can actually reduce the acid in your mouth. And a glass of milk or a piece of cheese is filling. “It satisfies you as far as hunger goes, and sugar found in milk doesn’t contribute to tooth decay,” says Dr. Ron Smith, president of the Canadian Dental Association and a practicing dentist in Duncan, B.C.