An apple a day can keep the doctor away, but it may also have the same effect on us - your dentist! Apples are a wonderful food for your teeth and gums and adding them to your daily diet can improve your oral health.
Apples Act Like a Toothbrush
Apples are highly fibrous and can provide a scrubbing action for your teeth, gums, and tongue. They can rid your teeth of debris, plaque, and food particles, especially when you eat the apple with the skin. The skin will help to keep your teeth clean throughout the day, acting as a surrogate toothbrush if you are unable to brush.
Apples Improve Gum Health
When you think of vitamin C, your mind may automatically travel to citrus fruits. While oranges and grapefruit are certainly high in this important nutrient, apples are too, and they are less acidic. In fact, apples contain around 15% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake, which will help your gums stay healthy. Without an adequate supply of vitamin C in your diet, your gums will be more prone to bleeding, infection, and gum disease.
Apples Combat Bad Breath
An apple can act as a natural remedy for bad breath, which can be caused by poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, or simply eating smelly food. Besides scrubbing odor-causing bacteria and food particles away, chewing on fibrous fruits and vegetables also stimulates salivary production. Saliva is also a necessity if you want to fight bad breath.
Apples Keep Your Teeth White
Apples can be beneficial when it comes to keeping your teeth white. This is especially helpful if you drink a lot of coffee, as apples can remove stain-causing particles from the mouth.
Are you in search of other ways to keep your mouth healthy? If so, call our office today to set up your next appointment.