6 unusual ways to clean your teeth

Forgot to pack your toothbrush? Save your smile with these six simple teeth-cleaning secrets

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1. Seek cinnamon

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that cinnamon-flavored chewing gum reduces bacteria in the mouth. The reason? The gum contains cinnamic aldehyde (the compound that gives cinnamon it’s flavour and colour), a plant essential oil that inhibits the growth of cavity causing bacteria.

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2. Eat foods that scrub

Foods that are firm or crisp help to clean the teeth as they’re eaten. Maintain healthy teeth on the go by enjoying apples, carrots, celery, and unsweetened popcorn. For best results, make these “detergent” foods the final course in your meal.

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3. Drink a cup of tea

Flavonoids in tea help to prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth, and also block production of a type of sugar that contributes to cavities. Tea also contains high amounts of fluoride which strengthens teeth.

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4. Grab some alcohol-free mouthwash

Giving the mouth a thorough rinse after meals can make a world of difference. Choose alcohol-free mouthwash since some studies suggest a link between mouthwash containing alcohol and an increased risk of oral cancer.

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5. Hydrate your mouth

Drink a glass of water for every hour that you’re at work. The more water you drink, the more bacteria you flush off your teeth and out of your mouth, which means less risk of gum disease, fewer cavities, and fresher breath.

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6. Chew gum with xylitol

If you want to reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth, you should be all over xylitol (a sugar substitute found in chewing gum). A few pieces a day changes the chemistry of your mouth and can help keep cavities away.

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