Improve oral health while you snack! Try incorporating these three foods in your diet to keep teeth healthy and white.
Red Bell Peppers
Your teeth may spend more time in the spotlight, but your gums deserve just as much attention and TLC. Red bell peppers are packed with vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of collagen — a structural protein that maintains the gums’ tight shape around teeth. Research shows that low vitamin C intake is associated with gum disease, a common cause of bad breath and receding gums.
MORE GUM GUARDS: Broccoli, kiwifruit, oranges, peaches
When you don’t have the time — or, be honest, the patience — to brush between meals, munching on celery is a little cheat. This veggie works in a pinch thanks to its fibrous, abrasive texture, which scrapes away yellowing plaque and bits of food stuck in your teeth from lunch. All that chomping revs up the production of cleansing saliva and turns your mouth into a mini cleaning machine.
MORE NATURAL CLEANERS: Apples, carrots, cucumber, radishes
Cheddar cheese has the power to do more than just make you sublimely happy. It’s a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and casein protein, all of which help strengthen tooth enamel and neutralize the acidity caused by eating and drinking. Having less acidity reduces the risk of cavities and the enamel erosion that over time can lead to tooth sensitivity.
MORE ENAMEL FIXER-UPPERS: Almonds, milk, tofu, yogurt