Foods that Clean Teeth

Foods that Clean Teeth

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Nearly everyone knows there are foods you should avoid or consume in moderation if you want to maintain a healthy mouth. Foods like sweet drinks, sticky sauces and dried fruit are loaded with plaque-causing sugars; likewise, certain foods like popcorn and candy have a knack for getting stuck between teeth. While it would be ideal to brush and floss after each meal, it is not always convenient. The good news is that there are certain foods you can add to your daily routine that not only are tasty and good for you, they also can keep your teeth clean. Next time you go to the supermarket, add these foods that clean teeth to your shopping list.

Coconut Oil

There has been lots of press recently about the benefits of coconut oil, which is extracted from the meaty edible part of the coconut. Coconut oil’s uses include skin moisturizer, make-up remover and cooking oil. It also is used in a practice called “pulling,” which entails swishing a bit of the oil in your mouth. While there is no scientific proof that coconut oil will whiten your teeth, there is definitive evidence that the practice of “pulling” can be effective. In fact, studies show that after a month of pulling, both plaque and gum inflammation can decrease by as much as 50 percent.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum can remove plaque and can be a great addition to your dental routine. Gum does this by activating saliva flow that neutralizes acids in your mouth while also attaching to particles of food, helping them wash away. The trick is choosing the right gum. Avoid sugary or liquid-filled gums and opt instead for sugar-free gums that contain aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Check the label for these ingredients as well as a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.


Eating raw carrots massages the gums, helping to remove plaque and debris. Also, because carrots are high in keratin, they not only benefit your eyesight, they also are a great source of vitamin A, which is proven to keeping your teeth’s enamel strong and healthy. Plus, they contain B vitamins, which fight gingivitis!


Like the carrot, celery too is a healthy snack that also is great for keeping your teeth clean. With celery, the fibers gently slough away plaque, acting as a natural toothbrush cleans both teeth and gums. Celery also activates saliva production to wash away residue and prevent plaque build-up.


Apples may have a high acidic content, but don’t let that stop you from eating them as a way to help keep your teeth clean. That’s because the natural sugars in apples actually neutralize harmful acids in the mouth. Don’t forget to leave the skin on, as the healthy fiber also works wonders to keep teeth and gums clean.


Strawberries may be full of sweet goodness, but they are also secret weapons when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. The secret is their high concentration of malic acid which happens to be a natural tooth whitener that can reduce the need for harmful at-home bleaching products that eat away at stains and worse, tooth enamel.

Achieving Your Best Smile in Eugene

It’s great to know that certain foods can help prevent plaque and gum disease. But no amount of healthy snacks can substitute for a good dental plan. For those living in Eugene, Dr. Ari Binder and his team at 360 Dental Group provide world-class dental services with a personal touch. Whether you are seeking a family dentist or are considering more advanced procedures like implants or restorative dentistry, one visit with 360 Dental Group and you will find your dentist for life.  Call us today at (541) 689-1645 or, request an appointment online and take care of your teeth, so they can take care of you!!