Which Vegetables Help to Brush Your Teeth between Meals?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
It is important to brush your teeth twice per day, but many people like to clean their mouths out after meals. If you aren't able to brush, eating certain vegetables can actually help to clean your teeth. These are some of the best veggies for good oral health.
Carrots and Celery
Carrots and celery have been called nature's toothbrushes. They are highly fibrous, so snacking on these crunchy vegetables can help to clean your teeth until you have a chance to brush and floss. They will scrub the enamel to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria.
Another reason that carrot and celery sticks make such a good snack is that they stimulate the production of saliva. Adequate saliva is important for a healthy mouth, as it helps to neutralize acid and rinses away bacteria before it has a chance to cause any damage.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens are some of the best foods for the teeth. Collard greens, chard, and cabbage are loaded with minerals and vitamins that are needed for good oral health, and they can also help to scrub the teeth between brushing sessions. The nutrients found in dark-colored leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach include vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium, which can all improve oral health.
Besides its fibrous nature that can help to scrub the teeth clean, broccoli can benefit the teeth in other ways. It is a good source of calcium and vitamin C, and its high iron content forms a protective coating around the tooth enamel. To get the most dental benefits from broccoli, especially when it comes to scrubbing the teeth clean, consider eating it raw.
A good diet is only one step in maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dental visits are also essential, so call us today to set up your next appointment.
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