One of the most important factors is acid: acid wears down the enamel surface of your teeth, so food and drinks high in acid (such as citrus juices, soda, and tomatoes) are likely to contribute to long term problems such as tooth sensitivity. On the other side of the spectrum are foods such as celery – celery is chewy (stimulating saliva) and contain mostly water, so eating celery is great for your oral health: simply eating it rinses your teeth, and the fibers can help dislodge food stuck in the crevices of your teeth. Like celery, carrots are crunchy, will produce saliva, and are low in acid, so they’ll similarly help clean your teeth.
While carrots and celery can help keep your teeth clean, foods like milk and cheese are great for your teeth for other reasons. The calcium within dairy products helps strengthen teeth, they contain very little sugar to contribute to tooth decay, and they do not contribute to acidic environments in your mouth.
Some foods are actually able to counteract the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Raw onions, cashews, and wasabi all contain chemicals that will naturally fight the microbes that will contribute to tooth decay when left in your mouth unattended.
Finally, one of the easiest and best foods for oral health is simply water. By rinsing bacteria and acid out of your mouth, simply drinking a glass of water after eating can have significant positive impacts on your overall oral health.
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