Sure, you’ve heard a million times that eating more vegetables is great for your overall health or even for getting into better shape. But did you know that it also holds amazing benefits for your oral health? Well as it turns out, there are a host of vital nutrients found packed inside of vegetables just waiting for you to take advantage of. As you continue reading your dentist of Richardson will go more in depth about how they can impact your mouth, teeth and gums.
Why are Vegetables Good for Your Oral Health?
There is a heap of benefits hidden inside of vegetables for your oral health. Here are a few of them listed:
- Increased Alkalinity – A secret battle that is constantly being fought inside your mouth and the rest of your body is that between acid and base (alkaline). When one gets too far out of range there are adverse effects that occur. Such is the case when you eat snack foods that are processed and high in sugars. They create a more acidic mouth that wears down tooth enamel and invite bacteria to more easily sink their claws into your teeth. Eating more vegetables, though, makes your mouth more alkaline and fortifies your saliva healing powers that coat your enamel and help to guard against decay.
- Nutrients – Another great value of eating vegetables is that they have a wealth of nutrients, including calcium, phosphorous, vitamins D, C and A, all contributing to better oral health. The best way to get all of these riches is to eat an array of colors.
- Appetite Control – One of the nemeses to the maintenance of your dental wellness is unhealthy snacking. This constantly bathes your mouth in sugar. Just like everything else in life, your mouth needs a rest, which means that there are times when you should not be eating. Consuming more vegetables, which are nutrient dense, will help you to feel more satiated and less of an urge to graze.
Veggies as Part of Your Oral Hygiene?
What has been discovered is that every practice geared toward maintaining wellness is connected to the others. That means that when you eat healthier to enjoy the advantages of all the nutrients available, you are indirectly participating in oral hygiene, which is typically relegated to the practices of brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and other tools to clear away bacteria.
But again, just by consuming a simple piece of naturally occurring food, you are also cleaning your teeth because this wonder of nature exudes its goodness throughout your mouth and helps to create an atmosphere conducive to health.
To learn more about what you can do to encourage better dental wellness between your semi-annual visits, just reach out and give your family dentist of Richardson a call, and don’t forget to eat that broccoli!
About the Author
Dr. Nathan Coughlin earned his dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Striving to learn more through continued education, he is a Diplomate of Orthodontics, an honor awarded to select orthodontists in the country. Dr. Coughlin practices at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics and can be reached for more information through his website.