Nutritional Benefits Your Teeth Get from Eating Rainbow Produce
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Amir Sanjabi, DDS
It is true that there is a solid link between what we eat and the state of our oral health. Acidic drinks and sugary foods damage our mouths by fueling harmful bacteria and providing a hostile pH level which attacks our teeth's enamel. Alternately, there are several types of foods that are beneficial for oral health. What people might not realize is that the color of a fruit or vegetable can be a strong indicator of the type of health benefit it provides to the patient.
General Benefits of Eating the Rainbow of Produce
Green produce reduces the risk of cancer, slows the rate of macular degeneration, and improves eye health. Red produce reduces inflammation, reduces the risk of strokes, and is good for heart health. Orange and yellow produce promote anti-inflammation chemicals, increase the body's antioxidant counts, and promotes good eye and skin health. Blue and purple produce support the immune system, fight inflammation, and promote antioxidant consumption. White and colorless produce support good bone and teeth health, bolster the immune system, and contain antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Specific Examples of Beneficial Produce on Oral Health
Apples stimulate the formation of saliva, and the fibers in apples fight plaque and the bacteria responsible for bad breath. Carrots also promote saliva production and act as natural teeth cleansers, but carrots also fight the bacteria that cause gingivitis. Pineapples contain bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover. Leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin B which prevents gum disease and calcium which can remineralize teeth. Blueberries contain polyphenols which fight the bacteria responsible for gum disease. And purple cabbage contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium, making it a superfood for the mouth and body.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation about how to change your diet to increase your oral health. Our team can suggest a variety of ways to introduce superfoods and health foods that will promote good oral health.