There’s a chill in the air and the autumn harvest is plentiful. And many of the fruits and vegetables currently in season actually benefit your oral health. To keep your mouth in good health during this season, check out these five fall superfoods that are just ripe for the taking.
Often referred to as “nature’s toothbrush, “apples have a fibrous texture that helps cleanse and brighten your teeth. Chewing an apple also stimulates your gums, which increases saliva flow to help decrease acidity in your mouth that causes tooth decay. What’s more, by providing gum stimulation, apples help reduce bacteria that cause cavities.
This green leafy vegetable contains vitamins and minerals that are crucial in maintaining good oral health. Brussel sprouts are rich in vitamin C, and they also contain phosphorous, a mineral stored in your teeth and bones which helps your body absorb magnesium and calcium.
This superfruit is a heavy hitter when it comes to fighting dental plaque. Bacteria-causing plaque can lead to gum disease. The juice in pomegranates contains antiviral and antibacterial properties that effectively removes and fights plaque buildup.
The dark green leaves found at the top of the turnip vegetable are incredibly nutritious. Rick in vitamin C and vitamin K, turnip greens are good for your vision and for calcium absorption, making them essential for promoting strong, healthy bones and teeth.
Last but certainly not least, pumpkin is chock full of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. Pumpkin contains zinc, which helps keep bones and teeth strong while protecting against bleeding gums. It also includes iron to keep your tongue healthy and magnesium to take care of your tooth enamel. The vitamin A found in pumpkin helps protect against cavities and contains healing properties, and vitamin C strengthens your immune system and helps prevent infections and inflammation in your mouth.
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