In case you didn’t know, there are actually more ways to help clean your mouth other than just brushing your teeth. There are actually natural ingredients found in many different foods that can help keep your mouth clean in more ways than one. Just by eating these different types of foods, you could see healthy benefits taking place in your mouth over time. Here are just a few tasty foods that can help keep your oral health in good shape.

  1. Yogurt: Yogurt has shown to reduce the chemical associated with bad breath, which is Hydrogen Sulfide. It also has the ability to help reduce plaque, and gingivitis.
  2. Apples: Healthy foods that are crunchy such as apples, celery, or carrots, help increase the saliva in your mouth, which in turn helps in fighting against cavities by rinsing out your mouth.
  3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is known to contain a natural plant oil which is called Cinnamic Aldehyde. This plant oil has shown to destroy bacteria in your mouth.
  4. Citrus Fruits: Fruits with high Vitamin C such as berries and melons, are known to create an acidic environment in your mouth which reduces bacteria growth. Vitamin C also helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease, which is a plus.
  5. Peppermint: Peppermint helps kill bacteria in your mouth that leads to bad breath, while also giving you a fresh feeling, and a fresh smell in your mouth.
  6. Oral Care Lozenges: While these aren’t technically food, Daily Dental Care, LLC has created lozenges that kill the bacteria in your mouth, while also keeping your breath fresh. The lozenges are a mint that you take after eating, and are a very simple way to help keep your mouth clean.

If you want to prevent diseases, and kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth, start incorporating these foods into your lifestyle! Keeping your mouth clean can be easy, and done in numerous ways. Make sure to check out Daily Dental Care’s Oral Care Lozenges by clicking here for a link to their Amazon page.

Source: Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food 
safety and culinary nutrition, Food Network.