Simply put, some things, such as toothpicks, are not the ideal objects you should use to clean your teeth. We at Wagga Dentist Morgan Street Dental understand this and recommend you never pound away or pick at your teeth and gums with what is basically a miniature javelin. That said, there are seven tooth-approved things to keep your teeth clean and fresh.
Dear reader: we were going to simply use “detergent” as a header, but with the Tide Pod challenge going around, which we never recommend (for teeth or anything else), we thought it best to choose accuracy over glibness. Consequently, the more accurate label, “detergent foods” won out over the much more eye-catching sub header, “detergent.”
Okay, detergent foods–what are they and why in the world are we recommending them to clean your teeth? Detergent foods include foods such as carrots, celery, and apples. These types of foods naturally scrape and clean your teeth.
Of course, it is only natural that hard or crisp fruits and veggies are good for your teeth, but did you know that there are some others? Popcorn, for instance, helps keep your teeth clean, and it is delicious. The obvious way they work is via scrubbing. However, they also help to reset your mouth’s pH levels to right around 7.0. At this pH level, your mouth is neither too acidic nor alkaline.
Some debate surrounds natural cleaners such as baking soda. however, used in small amounts, it can help scrub your teeth without introducing a lot of chemicals or sweeteners. As a substance, it is abrasive enough to cleanse enamel without eating away at it. Additionally, it creates a pH level of 8.3, which is bad for bacteria but not destructive for your teeth.
When we include bubble gum in this list, we do not mean the high-sugar bubble gum of your childhood. Regarding that type of gum, our advice is clear: stay away from it. However, some types of gum use a sweetener called xylitol. It exists in fruits, vegetables, and corncobs (do not eat corn cobs), so it is a taste you already know. It helps clean your teeth in two important ways.
First, it increases the acidity of your mouth to a pH level of 6.5, which is terrible for bacteria but not terrible for teeth.
Second, it is a 5-carbon chain. Bacteria require a 6-carbon chain to reproduce. Consequently, xylitol kills bacteria and keeps the ones that remain from reproducing. The end result is cleaner teeth.
Wait–we understand what you are thinking. We listed bubble gum as a teeth cleaner. That is correct, there are a few bubble gum brands that use xylitol as a sweetener. They result in the purest bubbles in the world.
Waterpik is an amazing device. It uses a decently high-force stream of water to clean away at your teeth and gums. Although it is primarily designed to penetrate beneath the gumline and rem