Certain foods naturally cleanse teeth and defend against bacteria that can harm teeth and gums. To achieve a healthier smile, try these yummy raw plant-based foods:
Raw Pineapples contain bromelain enzyme which helps break up plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can erode tooth enamel and cause decay. Bromelain also acts as a natural stain remover.
Raw Spinach, Romaine, and other dark leafy greens contain iron which helps form an acid-resistant film barrier that protects tooth enamel. Raw Basil contains essential oils, rosmarinic acid, linalool, and oleanolic acid that act as natural antibiotics to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Raw Sesame Seeds contain bone and teeth-strengthening calcium and chewing sesame seeds help “scrub” away the plaque on teeth. Chewing nuts can also provide scrubbing action.
Raw Carrots contain vitamin A, which helps build tooth enamel and chewing carrots raw stimulates saliva, a natural cleanser. In fact, chewing any crunchy raw vegetable will cleanse the teeth naturally.
Raw Onions and Raw Garlic contain the sulfur compounds, thiosulfonates and thiosulfinates, which reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay. Cooking will destroy these tooth-friendly compounds.
Raw Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that causes the loss of bone and supportive connective tissue in the mouth.
Raw Shitaki Mushrooms contain a compound called lentinan, which inhibits bacteria from growing in the mouth.
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