You hear all over the place that you are supposed to avoid acidic foods and drinks for optimal oral health, so why does your doctor and your dentist tell you that apples are so good for your teeth? The truth is, there are a lot of benefits to eating apples.
They act as a very mild astringent on your teeth, allowing them to brighten your teeth slightly as you eat them. That’s just one benefit apples can offer.
The Health Benefits of Chowing Down on Apples
On top of the astringent benefits of eating an apple, you also get dietary fiber. This comes from the peel, which is essential for all of the benefits that come from the apple itself. The dietary fiber helps your body to retain more water, which is good for saliva production, and it helps you feel like you are still full for a longer period of time.
This means that you will be more apt to avoid those sugary or salty snacks that you would otherwise be reaching for, keeping your teeth healthier and whiter than if you were regularly snacking on foods that are not good for you.
The old saying about eating an apple a day in order to keep the doctor away is an old saying for a reason – it’s true, but it also applies to your dentist. You are far less likely to suffer from most of the maladies that require you to go to the dentist more often than every six months.
Apple peels help move around your gums to keep gum disease at bay, they scrub off excess bacteria, and they hydrate your mouth on top of these other benefits. There really is no reason that you should not be eating at least one apple each day if you want your entire body, including your mouth, to stay healthy.
Please contact us if you have any questions about apples effects on your oral health.