Are Apples Good For Your Teeth?
Everyone Is Familiar With The Famous Phrase That Preaches The Health Benefits Of Eating Apples Daily But What Do They Do For Your Teeth?
It is a phrase that has echoed through the halls of schools, hospitals and dentistry practices and has been uttered by human beings from all walks of life. ”An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, is reported as first being said sometime during the 1860s in Pembrokeshire in Wales, the original wording of which is thought to be akin to “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. But since that fateful day for medical professionals the world over, why have dentists never been mentioned as being potentially out of pocket due to the amazing benefits of apples and if they were what exactly would apples do for their patients? As it turns out, the answer is quite a bit and as hesitant as we are to share this information with you, we are dedicated to helping you to achieve your ideal oral and dental health. The truth is that, despite containing four teaspoons of sugar, apples are known as ‘nature’s toothbrush’ and can have a hugely beneficial impact on your teeth.
The Benefits Of Eating Apples
Apples have found themselves being used in stories since the dawn of time and have a range of health benefits that have worked to justify their iconic status within the world of healthy eating. Eating apples makes your gums healthier and this is because they contain about 15% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C. Your gums are far more susceptible to infection when your Vitamin C levels are low and without it, you could develop gum disease and periodontal disease that leads to swelling, bleeding and possibly even tooth loss. Even the action of chomping down an apple can help your teeth because as you chew, its fibrous texture and skin work to stimulate your gums, reduce bacteria and improve saliva production.
But What About The Acidity?
There have been studies that suggest the acidity in apples could possibly have a corrosive effect on your teeth but even if this is the case there is a number of things that you can do in order prevent it. Pairing your apple with another snack like some cheese or crackers or even a glass of milk will help to neutralise the acidity in the apple. Washing it down with a glass of water also helps in this regard and so too does waiting at least 30min to brush your teeth as the sugar will act like sandpaper when it comes in contact with your tooth enamel. Apples are the original superfruit not just for your teeth, but for your whole body and have earned their tag as the scourge of dentists and doctors’ bank accounts.