Diet is a vital part of oral health. Patients who consume sugary foods or acidic drinks are at risk of getting oral health complications such as cavities and gingivitis. Conversely, healthy foods that have strong nutritional value complement good oral hygiene in keeping the mouth healthy. Vegetables are superfoods when it comes to keeping one's mouth healthy, both due to their nutritional value and because of their texture.
The Benefits of Eating Vegetables
Vegetables that are high in fiber, such as cucumbers, act as natural teeth cleansers by removing harmful bacteria and smaller food particles. Carrots and other vegetables with vitamin A will fortify the teeth's enamel. Finally, eating vegetables raw increases the amount of saliva in the mouth. Saliva acts as a natural tooth-cleanser and anti-bacterial substance, and having plenty of saliva prevents dry mouth. Celery is a natural tooth cleanser, removing plaque and food particles from the teeth and from the gaps between teeth. Leafy greens have high amounts of calcium for stronger teeth, and studies show that consuming leafy greens can prevent gingivitis. Broccoli is dense with nutrients which help in preventing periodontal disease and oral cancer.
Fruits Are Beneficial As Well
Strawberries contain malic acid – a chemical that assists in removing stains from teeth – and vitamin C – a plaque-removing material. Apples promote the generation of saliva. Watermelons have high amounts of vitamin C, as well as antioxidants that fortify the teeth and gums. Oranges contain calcium, vitamin C for stopping the spread of plaque, and citric acid which prompts the creation of saliva. In addition to being a great source of vitamin C, pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that assists in removing plaque and stains. If you have questions about how your diet affects your oral health, call our office for a consultation.