Prevents Cavities and Gum Disease
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those high in fiber, can stimulate your saliva flow and this helps to decrease acidity and clean out food particles that can damage your teeth, agrees Dr. Marks. In addition, World Dental also reports that an increase in your saliva can help reduce a buildup of dangerous bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease. Apples are excellent examples of fruit that help your mouth stay clean and are even referred to as "nature's toothbrush". Fresh celery and carrot sticks are examples of vegetables that provide a healthy snack for your teeth, stimulate saliva, and don't cause buildup of bacteria. Dr. Marks also points out that chewing sugarless gum also stimultes saliva, and helps remove acids in your mouth.
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