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Since we were kids, we have been taught that candy and other sugary foods can cause a great deal of damage to our teeth. But how about fruit and vegetables? While many of these foods may be good for teeth whitening and fresh breath, you should be very careful with their consumption and try to take care for your teeth soon after eating them.
Apples are rich in vitamins that stimulate gums, increase saliva production in your mouth and clean tooth surfaces. They also fight bad breath. However, apples are high in acid, which is surprisingly hard on your enamel. Eating apples is fine, as long as you make sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.
In one of our recent blog posts we mentioned a surprising research report that showed how eating plenty of lemons and oranges can protect tooth enamel, thanks to the increase of saliva production. But try to take it easy on them. If acidic fruit like lemons, limes, and oranges are eaten in excess or kept in the mouth for an extended amount of time, their acids can soften and erode tooth enamel. This weakens the strength of the teeth and makes them prone to sensitivity and decay. Lemon juice showed the most severe damage to frontal enamel, followed by grapefruit and orange juice.
Yes, we know this sounds strange, considering the fact that we all try to avoid onion breath,, but consuming raw onion is known to improve the strength of your teeth, and fight off bacteria which can cause tooth decay! Not only does chewing raw onion kill most germs in your mouth, but rubbing an onion on a sore tooth can also relieve a toothache.
Thanks to their sugar content and stickiness, you may think that raisins are a disaster for your pearly whites. Nevertheless, you will be surprised how protective they can be. Did you know that cereals with raisins help clean the mouth faster than those without raisins? Chewing raisins stimulates saliva, and therefore helps prevent plaque, stains and cavities.
Just like coffee, herbal tea contains tannin, a substance that may lead to leaving stains on your teeth. On the other hand, green and black tea contain beneficial organic chemicals called polyphenols that interact with the plaque, causing bacteria by killing or suppressing them. This is why tea is a great drink choice, especially during or after meal, since it reduces the presence of these acid producing bacteria in your mouth.
What you eat has a great impact on your oral health, so try to make healthier choices if you want to have a beautiful and healthy set of teeth.