Colorful Produce Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Bryan Neu
Looking for an easy way to improve your oral health and your overall physical health? Colorful fruits and vegetables are a great way of doing that. Most people don't get enough servings of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet as it is, so adding another one or two servings as a snack or as part of a meal is a great idea. Here are a few different types of produce to eat to help your mouth, gums, and teeth.
Root Vegetables such as Carrots and Celery
Root vegetables are great for helping your gums. Chewing on any type of root vegetable that is very fibrous, such as raw carrots and celery, will help stimulate your gums. They encourage the mouth to produce more saliva, which washes away bacteria and food debris. Both celery and carrots are high in beta carotene, too. The body uses beta carotene to make Vitamin A, which is necessary for creating strong teeth. Switching carrot sticks and celery for cookies, candies, and chips as a snack can help improve your oral health, too, since you're not consuming as much sugar. You can start off replacing one snack a day with carrots or celery. After a few weeks, you might surprised at how different you feel and how little you miss your sugary foods.
Apples and Other Fruits
Over on the other side of the produce section, you'll find colorful fruits that can also help your teeth. Apples are very fibrous and, like carrots and celery, will help encourage your mouth to make saliva. They also help dislodge foods that are stuck in your teeth and neutralize some of the acids in the mouth that can damage your teeth. The vitamin C found in some fruits such as pears, apples, and strawberries, also helps keep your bones and teeth strong. If you have any questions about what foods to eat and which you should avoid, we can help. Bring them to your next appointment. Don't have one scheduled? Call today to make one.