Clean Your Teeth While You Eat

Detergent Foods:

Did you know that there are certain foods you can eat which help to clean your teeth? We call them “detergent foods”. In dentistry we look at the impact of food in three ways: the kind of food, how often it is eaten, and when it is eaten. Detergent foods should be the last piece of food you consume during a meal for best results. Think of them as the closest you get to brushing your teeth.

A healthy diet is important for oral health as well as overall health, but there are some particular foods that can help clean your teeth and mouth.

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Celery Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Cucumbers
  • Pears
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese

As you can see, detergent foods are usually foods that are firm and crisp. They act like scrubbers on and around your teeth and gums and bring your mouth pH back to 7.0 which is optimal.

Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth.

Cookies, cakes, breads, chips, crackers, soft drinks, dried fruit and candies. This is what many people’s diets are full of which provide carbohydrates (sugar( to the bacteria in your mouth basing an acidic environment and increasing the chances of cavities and decay. These foods are sticky and don’t rinse easily from your mouth. Avoid letting these foods sit on your teeth after eating them.

When you’re about to finish your meal, have an apple, celery stick or carrot . It will act like a “natural toothbrush”. Always remember, these foods are not a replacement for brushing and flossing. Please visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry every six months for your dental checkups.

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