The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But it could also help to keep the dentist away too. How so?
Apples are an optimum fruit if you’re looking to eat healthily and keep your smile in great condition. Here are a few benefits of apples for your teeth:
- The crunchy and fibrous texture of apples means you have to do a lot of chewing, which can stimulate saliva production to keep your mouth clean.
- The rough texture can also help scrub your teeth free of food particles and plaque buildup, for whiter and healthier teeth and gums.
- They’re high in water to effectively ‘rinse’ your mouth.
- Apples are a source of malic acid which has whitening properties.
- They are also rich in vitamin C to keep your gums healthy, staving off gum disease and inflammation.
- High in potassium, apples can help boost bone density which in turn could strengthen your teeth.
- They provide a sweet hit, so if you have a sugar craving you can satisfy it with an apple, which is better for your teeth than a chocolate bar, cake or carbs.
But don’t be apple fooled!
While they do have a host of benefits for your teeth and body as a whole, eating too many apples could present health risks. Apples are high in fructose, a natural sugar and an acid. This is better for you than refined added sugar, but it can still compromise your tooth enamel.
So what’s the best way to eat apples to keep teeth clean?
It’s best to eat your apple straight after a meal to reap the most benefits. Rinsing with water and eating a piece of cheese can also help neutralise any acids in your mouth.
Apples can also be hard and crunchy, so if you don’t have the strongest teeth or you suffer from TMJ disorder, cut up your apple into slices to make it easier on your teeth and jaw.
Want to speak to a dental hygienist in Notting Hill about your diet? Book an appointment today at Number 18 Dental.