Your Oral Health Can Improve If You Eat More Fresh Produce
Posted on 7/26/2021 by Spektor Dental
The type of food you eat will impact your dental and overall body health. Sugary foods will feed your mouth bacteria, releasing acids that cause tooth decay. Acidic foods will wear out your enamel and expose your teeth to decay. Thus, your food selection should be tooth-friendly and also supply necessary nutrients for nourishment and replenishment. Some of the fresh produce you can consume for good oral health include leafy greens and fruits.
Leafy greens include spinach, kales, lettuce, and broccoli, among others. These foods are rich in fiber, which press against the teeth and gums, removing food particles, hence, acting as a natural toothbrush. This action also stimulates salivary flow in the mouth. Saliva is useful as a cleaning agent and removes bacteria and food debris, which cause bad breath. It also neutralizes mouth acidity, inhibiting bacterial growth and activity preventing tooth decay. Leafy greens are also rich in calcium and folic acid, which strengthens teeth and prevents gum disease.
Fibrous and crunchy fruits such as apples and pears increase salivary flow due to the extra chewing required. Saliva neutralizes malic acid from fruits such as strawberries and cleans the mouth. Citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapples, and strawberries contain vitamin C, which boosts the body's immunity against gum disease. Compared to acidic juice, the natural sugars in fruits are friendly to teeth and less likely to cause decay. While the above foods contribute to good oral health, they are not substitutes for dental hygiene. For a healthy mouth, brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. It would be best if you also flossed regularly to prevent plaque buildup between teeth. Finally, you should schedule routine checkups with us at least twice a year for dental exams and cleanings. For more details on foods that improve your oral health, contact our office today.