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Hummus, tehina, cheese and avocados have more than just protein, they are good for your teeth too.
According to the Israeli Health Ministry, these foods prevent sugars from sticking to the teeth and can minimize the risk of cavities, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Health Minister Yaakov Edri is encouraging public awareness of dental hygiene, owing to "alarming statistics showing that some 50 percent of Israeli children have cavities. I have therefore directed that special emphasis be put on the matter from a young age."
The Dental Health Department recommends high consumption of water, unsweetened milk, natural yogurt, and raw fruits and vegetables, as well as breads enriched with dietary fibers, popcorn, nuts and seeds. Sugarless gum should not be chewed for longer than 10 minutes, dentists say, because it damages the jaw.
For those suffering from dry mouth, the ministry recommends sucking small chips of ice or chewing sugar-free gum to increase salivation. Soft moist foods, such as eggs, soups and pastas in sauce are good for those suffering from canker sores, and chronic vomiters are advised to rinse their mouths with a solution of baking soda, salt and warm water.
Reproduced with permission: Ynetnews