Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 6: Watermelon

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Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables help create the foundation for a healthy diet. However, not all fruits and vegetables are friendly to your teeth as any Orthodontist can tell you. This can be especially true for seniors and children who have especially sensitive mouths due to tooth loss and growth, gum sensitivity and orthodontic braces.  Your Orthodontist knows that some fruits and vegetables that contain wonderful vitamins and minerals may be fibrous, hard or contain a high acid content that could cause dental trouble. For instance, following dental work, a person’s mouth is quite sensitive and simply eating an orange could cause pain to sensitive gums and teeth.

Introducing the Wonderful Watermelon

However, it is quite safe to consume watermelon even if you have a sensitive mouth or recently had dental work. Watermelon consists of 92 percent water, so the pulp is quite soft and it is not fibrous, so it will not get stuck between teeth or force loose teeth out of place.  Ten ounces of watermelon also gives you a healthy dose of vitamins A and C–as much as 25 percent of your total daily requirement. It also delivers a big 270 mg of potassium. You get all of this and it’s completely fat free! This will surely make you smile.

Have You Seen the Lycopene?

Another thing that has scientists excited about watermelon is lycopene, the nutrient that gives watermelon its pretty pink color. Lycopene belongs to the class of phytonutrients which means that it has the ability to act as a healthy catalyst in the body.  In fact, lycopene has been linked to heart, bone and prostate health. Lycopene may also be linked with bone health in your mouth, which leads to the overall health and retention of your teeth.  As scientists learn more about the human metabolism and how it works, we can benefit from discoveries like lycopene and the fact that watermelon is one of the most lycopene rich foods we have discovered.

If you have any additional questions about braces, or would like a consultation, schedule an appointment with Nalchajian Orthodontics today!

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