Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 2: Celery

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There has been so much focus on eating a heart-healthy diet today that we often forget how important nutrition is for our teeth. We know that our patients can benefit from eating a variety of fruits and vegetables that do more than just taste delicious. Among the most teeth-friendly vegetables is celery which can offer you the following benefits for your smile.

Plaque Removal

Everyone has had one of those rushed days when it is just not possible to brush their teeth after lunch. Celery has natural fibers that can gently scrub away tartar before it has a chance to harden. It also contains very little sugar so you do not have to worry about it contributing to cavities.

Increases Saliva

Dry mouth can occur for a variety of reasons including sinus infections, medication side effects and nighttime mouth breathing. Over time, dry mouth can lead to cavities and gum disease because there is not enough saliva to reduce bacteria. If you mention dry mouth to your orthodontist, they may suggest eating vegetables filled with a high water content. Celery helps to stimulate saliva production which also helps to cut down on plaque that can ruin your smile.

Gum Stimulation

The flexible roots contained within a celery help to massage your gums as you chew. This massaging action stimulates blood flow and encourages healing. This process is so effective that an orthodontist will often suggest eating celery in addition to flossing on a regular basis.

There are so many delicious options provided by nature to help keep our teeth and gums at their optimum health. While nothing can ever replace brushing and flossing, you can add some oral health benefits to your diet. If you want to learn about more teeth-friendly fruits and vegetables or just have concerns about your smile, then contact Nalchajian Orthodontics today to make an appointment.

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