Posted on 7/10/2019 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|Strawberries are a part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and they can offer many benefits to your oral health. Find out why strawberries may need to become your new go-to snack.
High in Vitamin C
Like citrus fruits, strawberries are high in vitamin C, which is especially beneficial to the gums. Vitamin C works to strengthen the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth. It protects you against gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, and since it may ward off gum recession, you'll be less likely to lose teeth prematurely.
Rich in Antioxidants
Strawberries are considered a super fruit because they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that fight cell oxidation and free radicals. They can help to prevent cancer, digestive issues, and a host of other health problems.
Did you know that you can whiten your teeth with strawberries? That's because they contain malic acid, a whitening agent. When you crush a strawberry and add ½ teaspoon with baking soda, you can create an effective whitening paste that does wonders without any harmful chemicals.
Take Care When Eating Strawberries
Despite all of these great benefits of strawberries, they are also highly acidic, so you need to take care when eating them. Don't snack on them continuously throughout the day and rinse out your mouth with water after your snack. Chewing on sugar-free gum after snacking on strawberries can help, and you may also want to pair strawberries with foods that contain a low sugar and acid content.
Regardless of how healthy your diet is and how many strawberries you eat in a day, you always need to keep up with your dental appointments. Call us today to get on the schedule for your next cleaning and evaluation. We can also make dietary recommendations to help keep your mouth healthy.
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