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What Fiber Offers Your Mouth When You Eat It


Posted on 5/30/2017 by Kooning Family Dentistry
A collection of fruits and vegetables beside each other.
The benefits of fiber for your health are well known. It has been shown time and time again to help your heart as well as your digestive health.

But did you know that the fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables can also be a significant benefit to your oral health as well?

Scrubs While You Chew
When you chew foods, specifically raw fruits and vegetables, that are high in fiber, it's almost as though you are brushing your teeth while you eat. These foods scrub your teeth while you chew, removing plaque buildup and bacteria, as well as other stuck food debris, from the surfaces of your teeth, cleaning with every bite.

Stimulates Saliva Production
The thing about fibrous fruits and vegetables, particularly in their raw form, is that they require more chewing than many other foods. So, while they are scrubbing your teeth clean, they are also stimulating saliva. Saliva is your mouth's natural defense against harmful bacteria, as it contains antibacterial enzymes. Not only does saliva kill bacteria, it also washes them away. By reducing the number of bacteria in your mouth, this helps to greatly reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

High Fiber Foods for Dental Health

There are numerous fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber, and can therefore boost your oral health:

•  Apples.
•  Carrots.
•  Celery.
•  Bananas.
•  Oranges.
•  Brussels sprouts.
•  Leafy greens.
•  Dried fruits (raisins, figs, dates).
•  Nuts and seeds.

Incorporating these foods into your diet will not only help to boost your oral health, they can also be a great asset to your overall health as well.

In order to have teeth strong enough to chew fiber rich foods, you need to have healthy teeth. Regular brushing and flossing, along with dental visits will help to keep your teeth strong. You should also be sure to eat a healthy diet full of vitamin and mineral rich fruits and vegetables, protein and calcium. Contact our office to learn more about how a healthy diet can protect your oral health.


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