In the past, we talked about good foods to eat after your dental implants procedure. Today, in the same vein, Dr. Lockwood would like to discuss a preventative food that may or may not be beneficial to your dental health, the apple.
There’s actually a lot of conflicting information on whether the apple is good for your teeth or not. After doing a little bit of digging, I came up with my own conclusion that it’s not the apple that is good or bad, but how you eat the apple that makes the difference.
When Are Apples Good For Your Teeth?
Apples are not only a delicious and healthy fruit, but their fiber-rich skin can actually work like a toothbrush. Disclaimer: apples are not a substitute for a toothbrush. Nonetheless, an apple with the skin on it can help rid your gums of food particles that are stuck in the nook and crannies of your teeth.
To get the best dental health effects of the apple, you’ll have to eat it with the skin on. The fibrous flesh of the apple acts as a scrubber on your teeth, tongue, and gums. They scrub your teeth to help remove stains and loosen plaque.
They’re also great for getting rid of bad breath. The fiber helps get rid of the small bits of plaque that hang out in the back of your tongue and throat The acidity can also work as a mild antimicrobial in your mouth.
When Are Apples Rough On Your Teeth?
According to a study done by the Toronto Star, apples might not keep the doctor away after all. The acidic composition of the apples can be bad for your teeth. Acidic foods damage the layer of your teeth under the enamel, known as dentine in dentistry terms.
Not to mention, the dreaded sugar in apples can be bad for your teeth. But, this isn’t only the apple. Most fruits (even tomatoes) are guilty of causing harm to your dentine. Don’t give up on the delicious apple just yet, though.
By far the good features of the apple surpass the bad ones. For one, they’re high in fiber and low in calories, so they’re great at helping you keep your blood sugar in check.
Tips to cut back on enamel damage from food
There are also some steps you can take that will help cut back on the damage they do on your teeth.
- Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. If you brush too quickly after, the corrosive nature of the apple will help scrub off your enamel. Swoosh with water as much as possible beforehand.
- Eat apples with food that will counteract the acid. Try having a piece of cheese, milk, or bread- any food that is basic and high in calcium.
- Don’t nibble on your apple throughout the day. This will keep the acidic qualities from settling in your teeth.
- After eating an apple swish some water around in your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist
While apples can be good for your teeth if you take some precautions, this doesn’t mean that you should throw your toothbrush out or eat an apple in substitute of going to the dentist. It’s important to continue to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing.
As always, make sure that you’re visiting your dentist for a cleaning every 6 months, so he can make sure you don’t have any larger dental problems like cavities or enamel erosion.
If you’re struggling with enamel decay or long overdue for a visit to the dentist, give Dr. Lockwood a call at 858-200-7248.
Stay tuned into our blog for more interesting facts and fun stories about dental health, teeth, and smiling. Until next time!