eat-with-braces-300x200Most dentists recommend brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash after every meal. However, this may not be practical for everyone. People who are at work and go out to eat lunch may not have a toothbrush with them or the means to properly brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash.

Brushing twice a day should be the minimum for any individual who wishes to maintain positive oral health. Eating certain foods can also be tremendously beneficial. Below are several foods to consider that can help improve oral health.

Apples, carrots, and celery.

These can commonly be referred to as snacks, but they are also referred to as “dental detergents.” The crunchier the fruit or vegetable is, the more it will spur the production of saliva which helps to clean the mouth out. It’s important to focus on fruits that are not considered acidic as they can cause damage to tooth enamel.

Raw onions.

Having a slice or two of raw onion with your food provides incredible antibacterial properties. In one research experiment conducted at Korean University, the researchers found that four strains of bacteria were wiped out by raw onions. These bacteria are commonly associated with cavities and gum disease.

Certain nuts.

Cashews have a certain oil on the shell that has certain bacterial fighting properties heard that can help prevent tooth decay and even bad breath.

When you eat any of these wonderful foods, it could be helping your oral health in numerous ways.