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5 Foods for Healthy Teeth & Gums

Routine brushing, flossing and rinsing keep your mouth in good health. And while you need these powerful weapons to fight germs, you could always use reinforcement. Beyond limiting the sugary sweets and harsh acidic foods in your diet, there are foods that are good for your gums.

Ginger is a Better Way to Add Flavour

Ginger root is considered a healing herb. With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger promotes healthy tissue in your mouth.

An Apple Can Keep More Than the Doctor Away

Eating an apple can take a while. And that’s a good thing for your mouth. The munching action creates a cleansing action, shaking up the plaque that clings to gums and teeth. Stock up on apples, but be sure to rinse with mouthwash afterward. Even healthy foods like apples can expose your mouth to acids.

Got Milk in Your Diet?

Milk and other dairy foods such as cheese and yoghurt are not only packed with bone-fortifying calcium, but also with the protein casein, which seems to reduce acid levels in the mouth. In addition, drinking milk can neutralise acids produced by plaque germs.

Note: Drinking milk with cereal or dessert doesn't have the same benefit as direct consumption after eating. No milk around? Eat a piece of cheese instead.

Load Up on Leafy Greens

Leafy greens or vegetables are particularly good for gums. They keep mouths clean because they are fiber-packed, and require serious chewing to break down.

The extra saliva produced by chewing neutralises mouth germs. High-fiber, stringy foods like raw spinach, celery and even cooked beans offer this benefit.

Zap Germs, Layer by Layer

Raw onion is a potent germs-fighting food and helps maintain good gum health. Yes, bad breath is the enemy. But that's why sugarless gum and mouthwash were created. Onions have an antimicrobial ingredient that fights germs, and, according to one study, completely wipes out four germ strains that lead to gum problems and cavities. Toss the onion strips in your salad, on your sandwich, or in soups.