Posted on 7/20/2019 by Brandon Cooley
|If you're reaching for a snack, you already know that it's better to eat something healthy such as fruits or vegetables rather than cookies or candy. But did you know that snacking on vegetables is actually a great way of keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy? There are a number of different vegetable snacks you can reach for that will also improve your oral health.
Protect Your Gums
Snacking on carrots and celery is a great way of protecting your gums. These vegetables contain a large amount of fiber and stimulate the mouth to produce more saliva. That keeps the mouth clean and washes away bacteria that have gathered on your gums and teeth.
Carrots and celery are also high in beta carotene and help the body produce vitamin A. Both of these foods also act somewhat like a natural toothbrush, scraping off bacteria and debris from your teeth as you eat them. Any fruits or vegetables that are crunchy will help keep your teeth clean.
Get the Vitamins and Minerals You Need
Eating dark green vegetables and leafy greens such a spinach, cabbage, and kale will provide your body with all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. These foods include everything from vitamins A and C to calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Phosphorus is especially important because it helps the body absorb magnesium and calcium.
Eating these vegetables throughout the day instead of snacking on sugary treats will not only help you keep your oral health they will also help give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to remain strong. The next time you're tempted to snack on something that's unhealthy, reach for vegetables instead.
Also make sure you keep up with your brushing and flossing habits and see us every six months. Snacking on vegetables will ensure your visits to see us won't be nearly as scary!