Foods that Improve Your Oral Health

Strawberries Can Help Whiten Teeth

Unlike most colorful berries,  such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, that stain your teeth, strawberries can actually whiten your teeth. Malic acid, an organic compound found in strawberries, works to lightly remove stains and whiten teeth. Malic acid in excess can cause foods to become extremely tart and irritate the mouth.

Apples Help Rinse Your Mouth of Bacteria

Apples, carrots, and celery, aside from being nutritious for your overall health, also benefit your dental health. Your body depends on saliva to rinse the mouth of bacteria, dead cells, and food particles. Eating apples, celery, and carrots will help increase your saliva production, making it easier for your mouth to self-clean. Additionally, the fibrous crunch of these fruits and vegetables lightly scrub your teeth.

Oranges and Pineapples May Prevent Bad Breath

Like carrots, citrus like oranges and pineapples encourage saliva production. You may notice that when you bite into a juicy orange or pineapple your mouth waters. The saliva washes away the bacteria on the back of your tongue which causes bad breath. These fruits may help people with chronic dry mouth, known as xerostomia, to produce more saliva for fresher breath.

Broccoli and Shiitake Mushrooms Can Reduce Dental Plaque

Broccoli forms an acid resisting film around your teeth which prevents plaque and bacteria from eroding the enamel of the tooth and creating an environment for tooth decay. According to a Brazilian lab study, broccoli helped reduce the harmful effects of soda on participants’ teeth. Shiitake mushrooms can not only make your steak taste better, but also prevent plaque buildup with lentinan. This miracle ingredient has also been found to help cancer patients with a higher quality of life, lower risk of cancer re-occurrence, and a higher survival rate.

Sesame Seeds May Strengthen Teeth

Rich in calcium, sesame seeds can help strengthen your teeth and jawbone health. The tiny seeds also scrub away some bacteria which can cause plaque. Abrasives found in other nuts and seeds like almonds and strawberry seeds are beneficial for the same reason. In fact, abrasives are an important component to toothpaste, making up 50 percent of the ingredients.

Quality Dental Cleanings in Chicago

Chicago dentist, Dr. James Fondriest encourages patients to eat healthy and schedule regular dental cleanings to plaque buildup and tooth decay. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our Lake Forest dentist office, contact us at 847-234-0517. We serve patients from Chicago.

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