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Posts for tag: Vegetables

By Reep Family Dental
May 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Vegetables  

Springtime is here, and it's time to hit the local farmer's markets and greengrocers for fresh, healthy and vitamin-packed vegetables. Not only are spring veggies good for your waistline and digestive tract because of their low calories, high fiber and water content, vegetables are also great for your teeth! They come recommended by dentists such as Nic Reep DDS, serving the Yakima, Washington area. It's their tooth-Vegetablesfriendly properties that make spring vegetables a must for optimum oral health.

Gradually substitute old habits with tooth-friendly good ones.

With the sense of renewal springtime brings, take small steps toward renewed dental health by substituting sugary, calorie-laden snacks with tasty vegetables. For instance, did you know that 2 cups of fresh cherry tomatoes has the same calorie count as a doughnut from the local bakery? It's true, and beyond that, the cherry tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C, a great promoter of healthy gum tissue. The doughnut, on the other hand, promotes tooth decay.

In addition, spring vegetables have a firm, fibrous texture. Consider adding these vegetables to your diet:

  • green peppers
  • cucumbers
  • raw carrots
  • celery
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli

These high fiber choices stimulate saliva production to wash food particles off teeth. They also provide excellent biting and chewing exercise which stimulates jaw bone growth, especially in the alveolar ridge which anchors tooth roots. Fibrous veggies scrape plaque and tartar off teeth and away from the gum line. Less accumulated plaque and tartar mean fewer cavities and healthier gums.

Veggies provide excellent nutrition for your teeth and gums.

The 2010 Journal of Dental Research states that onions provide great antibacterial properties, advantageous to combating the oral bacteria which attack tooth enamel and gums with cavities and periodontal or gum disease. Additionally, dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale are rich in calcium, a nutrient both old and young need for sturdy bones and hard tooth enamel.

Consider, too, that nutrients remain when vegetables are juiced. Vegetable juice is an outstanding, calorie sparing substitute for sports drinks and soda pop.

Reep Family Dental wants to encourage dental wellness and whole body health.

Nic Reep DDS believes in patient education, including helping people make good nutritional choices. When people are well informed on the things which promote their dental health, it's a win-win situation for both dentist and patient.

If you would like to learn more about the interplay between your mouth and what you put into it, contact Reep Family Dental for an appointment. You can have your teeth cleaned and examined in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and also discuss with Dr. Reep the lifestyle habits that promote an attractive smile that will last a lifetime.

Call (509) 594-4437 for an appointment.