An Apple A Day….

 

 

Apples & Oral HealthThe saying is true, an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.  Since October is National Apple Month AND National Dental Hygiene Month, we are going to talk about how good apples are for your teeth!

There are so many health benefits to eating apples but did you know that apples act as nature’s toothbrush?  The fibrous content of the fruit and the skin cleans the teeth, gums and tongue by scrubbing away plaque.  It also encourages  saliva production which rinses away food left behind.  

A medium sized apple contains 15% of the recommended daily intake of fiber and vitamin C. The combination of fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids and other bone building minerals really make apples a bone healthy superfood.  Your teeth are made from bone- enough said!

Vitamin C found in apples helps to keep your gums healthy by preventing infection, gum disease and bleeding.  Healthy gums also help keep your teeth firmly in place. 

An apple a day keeps the bad breath away.  The anti-bacterial properties found in apples cleans your mouth and reduces bad breath.  The acidity in apples also helps kill off the bad bacteria left in mouth that causes bad breath.  

Apples are the perfect snack because they have powerful health benefits, satisfy your sweet tooth, keep you full longer, and you can easily pack them in your bag or stash them at your desk.