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How Nuts Can Boost Your Oral Health When Eaten Regularly

Posted on 2/8/2021 by Dr. Amy Nguyen
How Nuts Can Boost Your Oral Health When Eaten RegularlyThe foods we eat affect our oral health, just like brushing and flossing. Unhealthy foods compromise our oral health and affect our ability to eat, resulting in other medical problems. Therefore, to maintain a healthy mouth, you should eat healthy foods. For instance, nuts can contribute to a healthy smile if eaten regularly.

Nuts Stimulate Production of Saliva

Cashew nuts require extra chewing due to their high fiber. This action stimulates saliva production in the mouth. Saliva helps neutralize the acidity in the mouth and slow down the activity of cavity-causing bacteria. Chewing nuts presses it against the teeth and gum surface and cleans out spaces between your teeth, reducing the risk of plaque buildup. Raw nuts also remove bacteria deposits in the mouth and strengthen teeth.

Nuts Are Rich in Healthy Nutrients

Nuts are healthy foods for teeth, given their low carbohydrate content. Carbohydrates break down into sugars and act as food for harmful mouth bacteria, which release acids and increase tooth decay and gum disease risk. Nuts are also rich in healthy vitamins and minerals. Peanuts, almonds, and walnuts are rich in healthy calcium and vitamin D and eating them will promote healthy and strong teeth. Nuts are also rich in vitamin E, B6, potassium, zinc, iron, and magnesium, which are beneficial for teeth. Cashew nuts and Brazil nuts help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

Given the above benefits of nuts for your teeth, you should consider including them in your salads or take them raw to enjoy the benefits. While doing this, remember to maintain good oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. You should also schedule dental exams and cleanings to ensure good oral health. For more details on how nuts can boost your oral health, contact our office today.

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