Eating a Wide Variety of Produce Really Boosts Oral Health
Posted on 8/20/2018 by Dr. Roger Chang
When it comes to your dental health, prevention and good oral hygiene are crucial. What you eat plays a vital role, and produce, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, can improve your teeth and gums. These are some of the best produce items that will boost your oral health.
Apples are great for the teeth, as their fibrous nature will both clean the teeth and boost salivation. A proper amount of saliva will neutralize acid left behind in the mouth, which can reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and other berries rich in anthocyanin can prevent bacteria growth on the teeth. Cranberries specifically include a compound known to disrupt production of bacteria that cause tooth decay and plaque.
Leafy green vegetables are packed with minerals and vitamins needed to boost the oral health. These include vitamins A and C, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Specifically, phosphorous is stored in the bones and teeth to help with calcium absorption.
Carrots and Celery
In order to maintain healthy teeth, you need strong and healthy gums. Chewing on celery or carrot sticks will stimulate the gums. Like apples, they also help to generate saliva. Plus, these vegetables contain beta carotene, which is needed to create vitamin A.
While you need to be careful with citrus fruits due to the acid, they do offer some oral health benefits. The greatest benefit is the high vitamin C content. Fiber-rich citrus fruits will also help to massage the gums and clean the teeth, and oranges are a great choice.
Do you have questions about your diet and how it might impact your oral health? If so, give our office a call. We want to help you maintain strong, healthy, and beautiful teeth, and we'll suggest oral hygiene changes to improve your dental health.