August 02, 2012

Food and White Teeth 105: Carrots

Carrots can also function as a natural tooth whitener. Like apples, carrots are a hard, crunchy food that rids the teeth of plaque during the chewing process.

Carrots make us chew and therefore increases salivation. The carrot, due to its horn-like shape is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. It has a crisp texture when fresh. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot, although the greens are edible as well. It is a domesticated form of the wild carrot, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot.

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