According to a World Health Organization study, almost 3.5 billion people suffer from some form of dental disease. Researchers believe that along with your genetics and oral hygiene habits, your diet also plays a major role in keeping your mouth disease-free.
In this article, Dr. Seung Lee, DDS, at Del Mar Family Dental Care in Aurora, Colorado, shares tips on simple dietary changes for great oral health.
Intake of vegetables is important for a tooth-healthy diet. Here are some ways in which they help keep your teeth healthier:
According to studies, almost 500 species of bacteria live in your mouth at any given time. When these bacteria interact with food and are allowed to thrive, plaque forms on your teeth and gums. This plaque is the root cause of dental decay, gingivitis, and tooth loss.
Vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and celery are high in fiber. Their fiber content coupled with the fact they require a lot of chewing acts as a natural scrubber for your teeth. It helps remove food debris and biofilm, and also prevents plaque from hardening into tartar.
According to the American Dental Association, xerostomia or dry mouth is one of the main reasons for dental decay, tooth sensitivity, and oral infections.
High-fiber veggies help stimulate the production and flow of saliva by massaging your gums. This helps neutralize the impact of mouth acids and wash away decay-causing bacteria.
Low immunity makes you more prone to oral bacterial infections, inflammation, and gum disease. Consuming vegetables rich in vitamin C such as broccoli, green and red peppers, cabbage, and tomatoes is an excellent way to build your immunity and prevent dental issues.
Some of the best raw vegetables to include in your diet are root vegetables and leafy greens. They are rich in beta-carotene, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C that help with the proper absorption of calcium and magnesium.
You should consume at least 2-3 servings of raw vegetables per day for the best possible results.
For more information on the benefits of vegetables for your teeth, call Del Mar Family Dental Care at (303) 577-0062 or visit us at 797 Peoria St. Unit A, Aurora, CO 80011 for all your dental health concerns.
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