"Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all."
In James Brown's words, the flamboyant Motown singer had it all and more. Not only did he have a pearly set of whites and a healthy head of hair, but he was also a world-famous musician and the lust of many females. But while you may not be a world-famous rock star, or even have a full head of hair, one thing you probably possess is a decent set of teeth. It's for these reasons that we shouldn't ever take our dental health for granted.
So take note and accommodate your diet to teeth-friendly foods as we take you through 10 foods that have been proven by dental professionals to help strengthen and preserve your teeth's enamel.
While many have criticised acidic juices for eroding the teeth, eating an apple by itself is highly beneficial to your dental health thanks to the saliva that's created when biting into its juicy content.
The saliva rinses any bacteria or food particles and also stimulates the gums. Thus, in certain situations, where a toothbrush or paste isn't available, an apple can work as a great substitute.
It may not be everyone's favourite vegetable, but the high-level of calcium (39 mg for every 100 g serving ) should be enough of an incentive.
Moreover, its 45 distinct flavonoids bring a whole host of ultra-intense cell reinforcement advantages.
Scrumptious and packed with fibre, carrots are quite like apples in the fact they also produce a high level of saliva in the mouth; thereby reducing the risk of cavities.
Yes, as well as improving your eyesight, they'll also help maintain your pearly white smile.
Containing a high amount of vitamin K, a lack of it can cause tremendous damage to your teeth further down the line.
But one serving of broccoli contains 92 micrograms of vitamin K- more than 100% of your everyday need. What's more, a good dose of broccoli improves calcium retention and stops its urinary discharge.
Not only are almonds an excellent source of protein, but they are also your teeth's best friend due to being low in sugar and high in calcium.
But no, you can't sprinkle them in ice cream. That's cheating.
Soybeans (the non-GM ones) can contain 176 mg of calcium if you eat a whole cup of them.
Whether you'd want to is another matter, but even having just a few each day can improve your dental health.
A study in the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry found that eating cheese raised the PH in participants mouths and lowered the risk of tooth decay while the chewing required to eat the cheese increased saliva production.
Calcium and protein are also found in most cheeses, both of which strengthen tooth enamel.
When Popeye opened his 100th tin of spinach to hone his other-worldly bicep muscles, he probably wasn't aware his teeth were getting a good clean too.
Indeed, spinach contains 58 mg of calcium per cup, giving you even more of an incentive to stomach the stuff.
Surprisingly, yoghurt, though containing sugar, contains a lot of calcium and protein, which helps improve the strength and health of your teeth.
However, it's best to stay clear of the cheap stuff and invest in an organic option or at least one with no added sugar.
A favourite for runway models, a good stick of celery isn't only good for your skin.
Like apples, celery acts like a toothbrush by getting rid of harmful particles and bacteria. Better still, the vegetable contains vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that will boost the health of your gums.