5 Mouth-Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating

Did you know that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day? If so, kudos on your excellent quirky holiday knowledge. If not, don’t sweat it. We are guessing that this very ridiculous, yet very awesome, holiday goes unnoticed by many, many people each year.

While it is technically a bit late to be celebrating National Watermelon Day this year, we still wanted to do a little something to acknowledge the greatness that is watermelon, you know? After all, it has Vitamin C (which is beneficial for both your gums and your teeth) and scrubs your teeth of food particles a little bit.

So, on the heels of Watermelon Day 2015, here are five more food choices that will do your mouth (read: your teeth and/or your gums) good.

1. Cheese

Chowing down on cheese can lead to a reduced risk of developing cavities since eating cheese increases dental plaque pH (which in turn may reduce one’s odds of developing cavities).

2. Apples

We are trying our best to NOT say “An apple a day keeps the dentist away” right now. Anyway, apples—like many other fruits and veggies that are firm and have a high water content—help simulate the flow of saliva, which can act as a buffer to certain acidic foods and drinks and can wash away food particles.

3. Pears

These are included on this list for the exact same reason above. However, we wanted to do a special shoot-out to pears since fall is not too far in the horizon now and you can probably start picking these up at the store to enjoy sooner than later.

4. Sesame Seeds

First of all, sesame seeds are delicious. They are also high in calcium. But you will want to gnash on the un-hulled variety, just FYI.

5. Onions

Onions may leave you with less-than-perfect breath, but eating them raw may also banish bacteria in your mouth!

So, reach for raw onions as much as possible. And if you are worried about your breath post-onion-eating, check out 5 Easy Ways To Banish Bad Breath.

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