The first thing most people grab to clean their teeth is a toothbrush. We have all been taught to use a soft toothbrush, brush twice a day, and replace your toothbrush every few months. Are toothbrushes the only thing we can grab to help keep our teeth clean? Perhaps there are other tools in the toolbox beside toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash. Have you ever considered fighting plaque with raw vegetables?
Raw vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals. In addition, they contain fiber. Fiber helps to keep your teeth and gums clean. Raw vegetables also keep your body hydrated. Eating raw vegetables promotes good saliva production. Saliva helps prevent cavities, as it naturally cleans the teeth by washing away food debris. Saliva also helps to neutralize the pH in your mouth and discourage tooth decay.
Celery is a great raw vegetable for your mouth. It has a course texture that naturally scrapes leftover food debris and bacteria off your teeth. If you combine celery with carrots, you will add more vitamin C and vitamin A. These vitamins will help strengthen your tooth enamel and fight tooth decay.
Leafy green vegetables, like spinach and lettuce, are also helpful for your oral health. They contain calcium. This important nutrient helps to build the enamel on your teeth, which will ultimately protect and strengthen your teeth.
It is important to eat well for your body as well as your oral health. Call our office today to schedule your next professional cleaning and dental checkup. We look forward to seeing you soon and would love to discuss other ways to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Making small changes now can add up to a big difference. Grab a carrot today for your snack.