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5 Foods To Eat For Cleaner Teeth & Breath

5 Foods To Eat For Cleaner Teeth & Breath

Celery: chew on a celery stick and you can feel it break down into fibrous strands. The chewing action is a little gym-workout for your gums, and the saliva produced in the process cleanses the mouth.

Pears and apples: the natural fruit sugars in these neutralize acid and help build healthier teeth and gums. Chewing them is good exercise for the mouth. And they’re rich in antioxidants and vital nutrients, too.

Clove oil: clove is a time-tested spice that improves oral health. Chewing on a stick of clove when you have a toothache brings relief from the pain. And if you mix a couple of drops of clove oil in a cup of warm water and gargle with it, you’ll do your mouth a big favor—clove oil reduces gum inflammation, zaps away bacteria and freshens breath. Sesame oil is another powerful mouth healer.

Cheese: it contains a milk protein called casein, which strengthens the surface of your teeth. Plus it’s low on acid and sugar and high on calcium. Not to mention delicious! The ideal cheese for healthier teeth: aged parmesan.

Yogurt: plain yogurt is indeed a star when it comes to smile-enhancing foods. It has casein and calcium aplenty. Besides, yogurt helps improve digestion, which in turn gives you fresh breath.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:50PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

too much lactose

8:06PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

thanks!

7:49PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

These are great tips, thanks:)

4:43PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thanks.

10:52AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

thanks

4:39AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

thank you

5:07AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Good basics.

2:37PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thank you.

11:10PM PDT on May 30, 2013

being vegan think I'd replace cheese with parsley!! - it helps combat garlic breath!

9:32AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Good foods ...

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