With these super foods, freshen your mouth while you eat

woman about to bite a green apple

With all of our technological advances, you’d think we would have discovered a way to keep our mouths smelling fresh and clean all day long. Unfortunately, this breakthrough has yet to become reality. Some of us often carry a spare toothbrush and floss just in case we decide to indulge in some garlic at lunch. However, there are a few natural remedies to help freshen our teeth throughout the day—without having to make a stop by the bathroom.

See how many of these super foods you can work into your diet in order to keep your breath smelling fresh.

An apple a day keeps the dentist away.

Eating an apple a day is not just doctor’s orders —your dentist will appreciate it as well. This crunchy fruit removes buildup from your teeth, essentially acting as a toothbrush every time you take a bite. In fact, apples have been nicknamed “nature’s toothbrush” for this very reason.

The mildly acidic nature of apples helps to break down plaque that’s built up on the teeth. Meanwhile, as we chew, the plaque is removed thanks to the fibrous flesh of the fruit.

Be sure to drink a glass of water after enjoying an apple—you’ll want to rinse away any sugar and acid left behind, not to mention any loosened plaque as well.

Eat your greens.

Crunchy, fibrous vegetables also help clean your teeth between brushings. The following are standouts that should be eaten regularly, preferably in their raw state:

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Carrots

Just like in the case of apples, these vegetables help remove buildup as you bite and chew. They also massage and clean the gums, providing all-around natural dental care.

Herbal remedies for your breath

If controlling bad breath is your biggest concern, there are natural breath fresheners you can munch on at any time. Fresh parsley is a popular natural oral care superstar. Fresh cilantro and mint are also great alternatives. All three herbs have properties that kill bacteria, which is what causes bad breath in the first place.

Drink more green juice.

Swapping your morning cup of coffee for a cold glass of green juice will go a long way toward keeping your breath smelling fresh. Coffee is acidic, which can contribute to bad breath, while green juice is alkaline, so it helps neutralize bad breath and contributes to the overall health of the body.