A pasta salad is always a welcome addition to the menu, whether as a main course or a side dish. It's the fruits and vegetables you add to this versatile dish that help promote oral health. Try a warm pasta salad with sundried tomatoes, arugula, cucumber and Parmesan cheese, or a chilled penne mixed with apples, celery, walnut halves and garlic mayonnaise. Fusilli mixed with red bell pepper, onion, tomatoes and tuna offers a delicious mix of protein and antioxidant-rich vegetables. The pasta is relatively soft, which is great for people recovering from toothaches or oral surgery. In addition, eating raw vegetables can help keep your teeth and gums clean.