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Plants for Oral Health?

Posted by AESTHETIC DENTISTRY on Jul 14 2021, 10:55 AM

Plants for Oral Health?

Meta:There are many plants and herbs that are beneficial for our oral health.

Sometimes it can be really easy to know what’s good for our teeth and what isn’t. Chewy candies and other high sugar foods are generally frowned upon in excess by doctors and dentists- and rightfully so. Not only can they cause cavities, they can loosen your dental work and cause lots of other problems you definitely don’t want in your mouth.

Conversely, we all know plants and herbs like vegetables and those found in herbal teas are good for us, but did you know that they can also be excellent for our oral health? It’s true! Here are a few fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are beneficial to our oral health and hygiene.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can do lots of amazing things, including brighten our complexion and some say help us get over a cold faster. But did you know it’s also beneficial for our teeth? That’s because vitamin C helps strengthen the collagen in the dentin of our teeth. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, but it can also be found in peppers, dark green vegetables, and kiwi fruit.

Tea

Tea not only soothes us and keeps us warm, it also is packed with healthy herbs that are great for our teeth - especially white tea, which doesn’t leave behind tea stains. White tea also contains healthy antioxidants which are great for the whole body. Some teas even have antibacterial properties and can kill bad oral bacteria as you sip. They also may contain naturally occurring fluoride.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like kale and broccoli are packed with calcium, which is great for your teeth and bones.

Nuts

Nuts are a great source of protein which is great for our bones and muscles, but the crunch is also great for our teeth and nuts are a healthier, crunchy alternative to foods like chips and crackers. Nuts also give us healthy fats which are great for our skin and many systems of the body.

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing oral health properties that are growing right outside in your garden, or at the local produce department, do yourself a favor and google their benefits. You may be surprised to know just how healthy they are, and what exactly they can do for you and for your oral health!





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