Cheese, yogurt, and all crunchy fruits and vegetables (apples, carrots, beets, and cabbage), as well as wheat bran, have tooth-cleansing properties.
They make the teeth, which are mainly used to soft food, work more actively and energetically, thus improving blood circulation in the gums. Hard fruits and vegetables cause increased secretion of saliva, which promotes self-cleansing of the oral cavity. In addition, they also contain phytoncide substances that kill bacteria. Even today, Indians use toothbrushes made from the branches of fruit trees and shrubs, which also contain phytoncides.
Citrus fruits are also healthy for teeth. The large amount of vitamin C contained in lemons, oranges, grapefruit, etc. effectively targets bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease, accelerates wound healing. However, you should not get too carried away with citrus fruits, because if you use them often, the juice can eat away at the enamel. By the way, the same applies to lemonades and carbonated drinks. Therefore, after using them, the oral cavity should be rinsed with water.
All this also applies to apples, which were recently considered a kind of alternative to the toothbrush.
These valuable fruits contain up to 38% glucose, therefore, in order to neutralize the acids and substances that provoke the activity of bacteria, it is necessary to rinse the mouth. However, brushing your teeth immediately after eating fruit is not recommended, because the same acids that do so much good temporarily weaken tooth enamel, and the possibility of microcracks increases.
Specialists often remind that the daily diet should include more vegetables, fruits, including whole grain bread, but sweets and white bread should be avoided. You should refrain, but even better – you should also give up fast food products, which are harmful not only to the stomach, but also to the teeth. Saturated and trans fats, which are abundant in hot dogs and other fast food products, are to blame.
The popular hot coffee with ice cream is also not good for dental health. Contrasting temperatures, like very hot or very cold food or drink, weaken tooth enamel and encourage the formation of cracks.
Enamel is often injured by too hard food, so you should not try to bite the nuts with your teeth, but you can first soak the dried fruit or hard bars in tea.
What is the best snack to keep your teeth white and healthy? The “natural toothbrush” – sauerkraut – is often recommended for the treatment of periodontitis and other tooth and gum problems. They should be chewed for a long time, massaging the gums as well. But to prevent the formation of dark spots from coffee, cola, tomato juice or red wine, use unsweetened cranberry juice.