Reasons to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet for Improved Oral Health
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Hala Badawi
Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will promote your dental health. However, you are still at risk of some dental health problems if you don't have a healthy diet plan. In particular, you should consider adding more vegetables to your diet. Here are some facts on how vegetables can boost your oral health.
Boosts the Immune System Leafy greens such as spinach and kales are rich in vitamins and minerals that improve will your body's ability to combat bacteria and viruses that cause oral diseases. Make sure that you don't overcook them to avoid losing these nutrients in the process.
Strengthens Teeth Enamel
Vegetables have potent amounts of calcium that not only helps to strengthen bones, but also promote the development of healthy teeth enamel. The stronger the enamel, the less likely you are to suffer from tooth decay and other related health complications.
Helps to Treat Gum Disease
Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are rich in folic and vitamin B. Research studies have proved that both vegetables can help treat gum disease. You can add them to your favorite smoothie or use them to prepare a salad.
Increases Saliva Production
Apart from being crunchy, carrots are rich in fiber. Eating a handful of raw carrots after dinner or lunch will increase production of saliva in your mouth. Note that saliva has antibacterial properties that enable it fight bacteria and germs that cause gum disease.
You should also consider eating more apples. They are rich in antioxidants that boost the immune system as well as fibers that stimulate the gums. The fibers also help to dislodge of food particles trapped between the teeth, thereby preventing a buildup of plaque.
Helps Scrape Off Bacteria and Food Particles The buildup of food particles (plaque) and bacteria in the mouth increases the risk of gum diseases. Vegetables such as celery are rich in vitamin C and A that boosts the immune system. Celery also helps to scrape off minute food particles from your teeth.
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