Friday, December 17, 2010

Are Apples Good For Teeth?

Eating an apple creates an effect similar to a toothbrush because of the presence of fiber-rich flesh and skin. It has been observed that eating apples regularly helps remove plaque and stains from the teeth. Eating an apple also helps get rid of any food particle sticking to your gums and crevices of your teeth. In fact, apples and carrots are hailed as mini-toothbrushes because of the various cleansing effect they have on the teeth. Let us find out more about why apples are good for your teeth.

 

Apples are Good for Your Oral Health


Fiber-rich flesh present in an apple is mostly responsible for acting as a scrub on your tongue, teeth and gums. But this is not the only way that apples are good for your teeth, these fruits are mildly acidic in nature and have a astringent quality which helps get rid of plaque and also works as to get rid of any pathogenic microbes in your mouth.

It’s best to eat the apples with their skin on to get the maximum benefit. The skin of the apple is rich in natural fiber and it helps scrub your teeth minutely. If you are a coffee drinker, and your teeth bear the marks of coffee stain, then eating apples can be very effective for brightening your teeth. Eating just one apple before sleep time, is enough to get rid of coffee or tobacco stains on your teeth. You will seek visible results in a week’s time.

 

Apples Help Get Rid of Bad Breath


If you are having issues with bad breath, try eating more fiber rich fruits like apples and vegetables like carrots and celery. An apple acts like a natural breath freshener and helps get rid of bad breath, which is usually caused through improper oral hygiene or even indigestion.

The natural fibers present in the skin and the flesh of the apple scrubs your tongue and gums to remove any trace of plaque or residue which creates symptoms of bad breath. So apples are not only good for you teeth but also act as a breath freshener.

 

An Apple a Day Keeps the Dentist Away


So there you have it, apples are definitely good for your teeth and for overall oral hygiene. Eating an apple a day is a sure way to maintaining a good oral health and avoiding dental complications arising through the deposition of plaque and tartar along your enamel of your teeth and gums. Just bite into these crunchy fruits any time of the day, especially after your dinner, to get rid of any food residue in your mouth.

Be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water to wash away the plaque that the apple helps loosen. Brushing your teeth after eating an apple or just rinsing your mouth with water, will give you better results.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, it's pretty amazing that eating an apple is good for the teeth. I'm going to share this to my sister, since her kids love sweets. Teaching kids the proper oral care while they're young can eliminate problems later on.

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  2. Awesome! So its true indeed. Great article, kids would love this info. And pick up quite a few more apples than before. From a mother of 4, thank you for sharing!

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  3. I am not a dentist or a tooth expert but isn't brushing after eating an apple bad cause the acid will wash the some fluoride and enamel away? I agree it's good for our teeth, just wait about an hour maybe before you brush your teeth.

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  4. Don't brush *immediately* after eating an apple, for the sugar content in the apple will etch the enamel of your teeth, especially if you have a dry mouth.
    Rinse out your mouth, and wait about a half hour before brushing your teeth.

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