You’ve heard this adage a thousand times already – you are what you eat. But did you know that your smile is also what you eat? It’s true. Your diet can affect your pearls and in turn, your confidence. Some foods can damage teeth (candies and other sugary sweets) while others can help retain that beautiful smile of yours.
Here are foods that can naturally remove plaque, fight bacteria, and even freshen up your breath.
Here’s another reason to eat your veggie. Celery is a naturally abrasive food that massages the gums and cleans the teeth. According to Lana Rozenberg, D.D.S., a holistic dentist and founder of Rozenberg Dental Day Spa in New York City, the extra chewing required by celery also produces a lot of saliva that neutralizes cavity-causing bacteria. It’s good to snack on celery sticks and dip them into low-fat dressing.
Cheese is rich in calcium and phosphate. At the same time, it’s low in carbohydrates. With that said, this favorite dairy product is good for balancing the pH level inside your mouth. As you know, an acidic pH promotes the growth of bacteria that cause cavities. Not only that, cheese also strengthens the tooth enamel. Instead of devouring on a sweet dessert after a meal, chew on a cube of cheese instead.
Green tea has earned so many praises over the years due to its antioxidant power and other health benefits. It’s also good to know that the catechins it contains can also kill the bacteria inside the mouth that turns sugar into plaque. Catechins are also effective in clearing the annoying bad breath. Mindy Green, director of research at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado, recommends two to five cups of green tea a day.
Don’t be fooled by the size. Kiwis, in fact, have even a lot more vitamin C than any other big-sized fruit. If you eat one big kiwi, you’ll get more than 100 percent of vitamin C you need for the day. People who have vitamin C deficiency suffer from gum collagen breakdown, which makes the gum vulnerable to bacteria. If you’re not careful, this may lead to periodontal disease.
While it’s true that onions can aggravate bad breath, you do have to know that it contains powerful antibacterial sulfur compounds that can kill the bacteria called S. Mutans and other types as well. Raw onions are most effective but if you don’t like the smell of your breath afterwards, chew on some fresh parsley.
Speaking of parsley, this one is good for maintaining sweet breath since it contains monoterpenes. These are volatile substances that go quickly to the lungs where the odor is released through your breath. After eating a dish that may give you bad breath, chew on some minced fresh parsley to counter the effect.
Also known as Japanese horse radish, wasabi is a popular condiment that doesn’t only spice up a dish but also protects the teeth. It has been found that this condiment has substances called isothiocyanates that inhibit the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. These are the same substances that give it a hot taste.