The More Varieties of Produce You Eat, The Healthier Your Mouth Can Be
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Patients' dietary choices have dramatic choices on their overall health. Complicating matters further is that some foods that are beneficial for most of the body can be a threat to oral health. Making dietary choices that promote good oral health is as important as – if not more so than – good oral hygiene. Most fruits and vegetables are wise choices to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Benefits of General Types of Produce
Any crunchy vegetable or fruit promotes good oral health by prompting the mouth to release saliva. Saliva acts as a natural antibacterial solution, pH-balancer, and a mouthwash that removes loose food particles. Even crunchy fruits that have high amounts of natural sugars – such as apples – have an overall net positive effect on the mouth since the saliva generated either counterbalances or outweighs the negative effects of the fruits' sugars. Eating nuts also promotes saliva production, and nuts are rich in proteins, phosphorous, and calcium. Leafy greens are nutrient-rich foods, containing mouth-friendly vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, calcium, and multiple types of vitamin B.
Specific Types of Produce and Their Benefits
The texture of celery makes it useful in loosening or removing lodged food particles as well as removing bacteria from teeth. And both celery and carrots have high quantities of vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. Fluoride occurs naturally in carrots and beets, fortifying and repairing enamel. Kiwis contain the highest concentration of vitamin C, which helps control the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Fresh onions have antibacterial properties which make them useful to prevent or control gum disease. And shiitake mushrooms block bacteria from forming plaque on teeth.
Adding more fruits and vegetables to a diet is a guaranteed way to improve oral health. Whether produce increases the amount of saliva in the mouth or gives the body nutrients to repair and protect the mouth, produce is a requirement for good oral health. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for formulating a mouth-friendly diet.