You’ve probably heard the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what about the dentist? It’s prime apple season, so what better time to look at the pros and cons of apples for dental health! Read on for our thoughts.
Pros of Apples for Dental Health
The good news is that apples have a lot of good things going for them when it comes to dental health.
The apple has long been called “nature’s toothbrush.” While we wouldn’t go that far, it’s true that the texture of apples can help “scrub” your teeth and tongue of debris better than, say, sugary or sticky candy. Apples are also mildly acidic, which can help breakdown plaque.
The nutrients in apples are great for your oral health as well. They’re loaded with Vitamin C, which is vital for gum health. They also have antioxidants, which fight cancer and keep your brain and body in overall good health.
Cons of Apples for Dental Health
So here’s the bad news: The sugar content in apples can be detrimental to your overall dental health if you’re not diligent with your brushing.
Similarly, the same acid that helps break down plaque can also break down your tooth enamel. If you eat your apple in one sitting and swish your mouth with water afterwards, you should be fine. Do wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to allow the acid to dissipate.
Lastly, apples cannot replace a proper dental hygiene routine, which includes brushing twice daily and flossing every day. Nature’s toothbrush is a good choice if you need to banish bad breath in a pinch, but only a real toothbrush and floss, combined with twice-yearly visits to your dentist, will prevent cavities.
Dental Health at Dental on Central
If you’re looking for a dentist to help you achieve the best dental health, we’d love to have you in for a consultation at Dental on Central. For more information or to schedule an appointment at either of our locations, visit us on the web or call 602.266.1776.