Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 9: Cucumber

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Cucumbers are just the thing when a person needs something cool on a hot day. Amazingly versatile, this fruit/vegetable can be used not only in salads but in cold soups and sauces, as pickles, on tiny open faced sandwiches with sprigs of dill or even as smoothies. But how many people know that cucumbers are also good for their smile?

The Crunch

A ripe cucumber is famously crunchy. Even a pickled cucumber is crunchy. This crunchiness is good for the teeth because it helps to scrub away plaque, that film of bacteria on the teeth that can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Vitamins and Minerals

Cucumbers have calcium and vitamins A and C. Calcium is crucial for keeping teeth strong and healthy and helping them to develop properly in children. Calcium is especially abundant in the seeds. Vitamin A and C are antioxidants, which protect the cells of the body from free radicals that damage them even down to the level of DNA. This protection extends to the cells that make up the inner layers of the teeth.

No Sugar

According to the Food and Drug Administration, 1/2 cup of cucumber, sliced, with the peel on, has almost no sugar. As any orthodontist knows, an excess of sugar leads to tooth decay because it feeds the bacteria that lives in dental plaque.

Hydration

A cup of cucumber is as hydrating as a glass of water, and it is important for strong, healthy teeth for the mouth to stay hydrated. A dry mouth encourages the growth of plaque.

So as can be seen, a regular intake of cukes can help keep that smile healthy and brilliant. For more information, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with an orthodontist at our offices at Nalchajian Orthodontics.

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