The Top Five Raw Foods That Are Healthy For Your Teeth : Guest Author Dr. Joseph Hung

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He knows where to get a natural toothbrush.

You probably already know that the foods you eat can have a major impact on your overall health. What you may not realize is that they can also have a major impact on the health of your teeth. Eating these raw foods can help you build and maintain strong, beautiful teeth.

#1: Celery
Celery may be the most powerful superfood you can find in terms of impact on your dental health. For one thing, its fibrous, chewy consistency can help clean your teeth and gums, removing tiny food particles that can eventually cause cavities, almost as if it were an edible toothbrush. For another, the motion of chewing celery generates extra saliva, which can help further clean your teeth and prevent bacteria accumulation.

#2: Kiwi
Kiwi is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for many different natural processes in your body, but one of its most critical roles is as a major component of collagen. Many different parts of your body need this natural collagen, but it is particularly important in your gums. Since kiwi tends to be naturally very sweet and flavorful, try using it on hot or cold cereal in place of sugar and other more traditional sweeteners. Those sweeteners, of course, will be bad for your teeth, unlike kiwi, which is actually good for them.

#3: Onions
Onions might not be great for your breath, but they most certainly are great for your dental health. They are packed with natural antibacterial compounds that can help prevent several different types of health problems in your teeth and gums. By the way, chewing a little parsley or mint can help you naturally counteract any bad breath issues from the onions.

#4: Broccoli
The European Journal of Dentistry performed a study in 2010 that found that the enamel protecting your teeth takes two times longer to erode from acid exposure after it has also been exposed to broccoli. This may be due to broccoli’s high iron content; researchers theorize that it helps create a protective barrier or film over your teeth that helps protect them from acidic foods and beverages.

#5: Pears
Pears can also help protect your teeth from the harmful effects of foods and beverages that are highly acidic. For most people, soda tends to cause the most harm to the teeth’s enamel. Eating pears can also help stimulate saliva production, and since pears contain a significant amount of water already, they can help further reduce the risk of enamel damage from acid, as well as many other dental health problems.

Keep in mind, of course, that no matter how good a job you do of eating foods that are healthy for your teeth, you will still find yourself plagued with dental problems if you are lax in other areas. Remember to brush and floss regularly and to visit your dentist at least twice per year if you want to keep your teeth truly healthy.

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Dr. Joseph Hung

Dr. Joseph Hung

Dr. Joseph Hung is one of the top orthodontists in New York and is highly trained and experienced in traditional and alternative orthodontic treatment procedures. Dr. Hung earned his doctorate degree in Dental Medicine, his master’s degree in Medical Science, and his Certificate of Orthodontics at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine with multiple honors. Find out more at ManhattanOrtho.com.

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  1. David says:

    Thanks, Kev, you are very intuitive, and your articles are always helpful.

  2. cis says:

    This article is hardly scientific? How can pears are good for my teeth when I know that apples are not? This point is not addressed.

    Also, the need for vitamin A. Where do vegetarians get their vitamin A from (and no, beta carotene is not up to the task…).

  3. tamarque says:

    cis—dark leafy greens are good for vitamin A. so are many wild greens like purslane, for both A & C. take some time and look up Vegetable sources Vit A and see what you get. Go into almost any health food store and there is usually a large reference book there that will address this, too.

    • Salem says:

      The “vitamin A” in plant sources is beta carotene, which most people have difficulty converting to vitamin A. Real vitamin A only comes from animal sources, preferably pasture-raised animals like purely grass-fed beef or truly free range eggs from chickens that get plenty of greens (as well as bugs- chickens are not vegetarians). You should probably do a little more nutrition research.

  4. I’m not sure about Broccli and Celeri, both foods can get stuck in the teeth and lead go harmful forms of gingervitis.
    If you’re worried about what food you eat I always suggest to my clients and patients to limit themselves away from sugary drinks and foods.

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