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Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Fiber serves an important role in digestive health, so it should come as no surprise that it also benefits your mouth – where the digestive process begins. Read on to learn how eating more fiber could keep your oral health in good standing.
Fibrous Produce May Scrub Your Teeth
Some fibrous fruits and vegetables help your teeth by acting as a makeshift toothbrush. Celery, carrots, and apples are fibrous and crunchy, and they scrub the surfaces of the teeth while you eat. This helps to rid them of bacteria, plaque, and food particles while stimulating saliva production.
Fiber Prevents Tooth Loss
Research has aimed to explain the relationship between fiber and dental health. A study concluded that when older men ate a diet rich in high-fiber foods, they benefited from a 30% lower risk of lost teeth and a 24% lower risk of bone loss due to gum recession.
Fiber Protects the Gums
Another study further examined the relationship between fiber and the gums. This research also focused on older men and found that those who ate high-fiber fruits had a 5% lower rate of gum recession.
How to Get More Fiber
The best way to get more fiber is to eat fiber-dense foods, despite what the packaging claims on fiber pills, bars, or powders might claim. Consider eating an apple rather than drinking apple juice and choose high-fiber breakfast cereal. Instead of eating white bread for your lunchtime sandwich, try whole grain bread with hummus or roasted turkey breast. Vegetables are also a good addition at any meal.
Do you have questions about how your diet might be impacting your oral health? If so, please call our office to set up an appointment. We'll provide a thorough cleaning and evaluation to determine the health of your teeth and any necessary treatment plans.