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Are Apples Good For Your Teeth, or Do They Pose a Hidden Danger?

Posted on 5/5/2015 by Na Xu
A bundle of apples beside each other that have been freshly washed. Apples can be very beneficial for people to consume on a daily basis. Certain types of apples are sweeter than others, so it makes it easier to pick up an apple compared to celery sticks or other beneficial foods. The list of nutrients and vitamins that are in apples are endless. Many people think that eating an apple is a great way to stay healthy, but the truth is that too many apples can be very hazardous to your health and your teeth because of the sugars that are found in them.

The Secret of Apples
Apples are a very nutritious snack, but they can also be devastating to your teeth if consumed in high volumes. The acid concentration of apples is higher than many would expect it to be. This acid can cause erosion in tooth enamel and lead to serious dental problems. When apples are grown in a grove and delivered for sell to the big market vendors they are done so cautiously, but what happens before they leave the grove? They are sprayed with pesticide. Depending on what type of pesticide is used, this can also create problems or illnesses.

Apples can have many benefits such as being a great way to clean teeth while chewing, continuously, on the apple pieces. This chewing can help create saliva. Saliva helps to break down food into smaller pieces. It can also benefit the teeth by helping to wash away the bad bacteria. Saliva tends to sour in the mouth, or become bad, and creates a foul odor we call bad breath. An apple will help to create new saliva and replace the old. This can prevent dry mouth from occurring and help in getting rid of the saliva that is full of growing bacteria and other harmful organisms.

Whenever an apple is consumed, so are boosting chemicals for your immune system. These chemicals are called antioxidants. The help that the immune system receives can deter organisms that are harmful to the body from entering it. The smallest amount of help that your teeth can get from you eating an apple can help in the prevention of gum disease. It can also help in lowering the risks of developing other diseases later in life such as dementia and arthritis.

Continuing a Good Dental Hygiene Routine

Anyone who loves apples know the health benefits that they can provide. After all, the famous saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is somewhat true for the dentist too. Although like any one food, too much of it can cause you to get a tummy ache and cause other things to happen within your mouth and body. If you currently have gingivitis or have slacked off with brushing your teeth, it is best to get back into the daily routine.

Even though apples may be a great dietary snack, they are still food and can cause particles to get stuck to your teeth, release acids that break down your enamel, and ultimately create gum diseases. So think twice before picking up that second or third apple, one is plenty.
Replacing your toothbrush once every three to four months can help in combatting the bacteria that could live and grow on your toothbrush's bristles. This bacteria can cause problems to occur. It is born from the sugars that are ingested with foods and beverages, like apples.

If you or a loved one is experiencing discomfort when eating an apple or other fruit, have other dental issues that need assistance, or are curious as to how to keep your teeth white, contact our offices today at (503) 967-0033.

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