Routine brushing, flossing and rinsing keeps your mouth in good health. And while you need these powerful weapons in your bacteria-fighting arsenal, you could always use reinforcement. Beyond limiting the sugary sweets and harsh acidic foods in your diet, there are foods that are good for your gums.
Keep More Than the Doctor Away
Eating an apple can take a while. And that’s a good thing for your mouth. The munching action spurs a cleansing action that shakes up the plaque that clings to gums and teeth.15
Got Milk in Your Diet?
Milk, and other dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt are packed with bone-fortifying calcium, to help re-mineralise teeth, protecting your enamel. In addition, drinking milk can neutralise acids produced by plaque bacteria. Note: Drinking milk with cereal or dessert doesn't have the same benefit as direct consumption after eating. No milk around? Eat a piece of cheese instead.15
Load Up on Leafy Greens
It’s no secret that salad greens pack an all-around healthy punch, but they’re also especially successful at keeping mouths clean because they’re fiber-packed, meaning they require serious chewing to break down. The extra saliva produced by chewing neutralises mouth bacteria. High-fiber, stringy foods like raw spinach, celery and even cooked beans offer this benefit.15
Zap Bacteria, Layer by Layer
Raw onion is a potent bacteria-fighting food; however, onion breath is an obstacle. That's why sugarless gum and mouthwash were created. Onions have an antimicrobial ingredient that kills bacteria, but they also contain sulphur compounds which help prevent against tooth decay. Sliver them and toss the strips in your salad, on your sandwich and burger or in soups and stews.16