Keep Dental Disease Away With an Apple a Day

You’ve probably heard that old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. But you may not realize that apples are as good for your teeth as they are for the rest of you. They can actually help keep dental disease away. 

Since October is National Apple Month, it’s a good time to sing the praises of this fruit. Three reasons that apples are good for your teeth:

  • With their high fiber content, they can function almost like a toothbrush, helping scrub your teeth clean. 
  • Crunching and chewing an apple stimulates saliva flow, which helps wash away bacteria and other harmful substances.
  • They contain malic acid, a substance that helps break up plaque. 

To get the greatest benefit, leave the skin on your fruit. It has lots of fiber and nutrients. 

You might also enjoy this short video, which presents some fun facts about apples that you and our kids might enjoy. Can you believe there are over 7,500 kinds of apples? 

Making good nutritional choices is a great way to keep your smile in top shape, along with daily brushing and flossing. You also need to visit our Portland, OR office at least once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam

It’s nearly impossible to remove all plaque and bacteria from your teeth with simple brushing and flossing. Over time, the plaque you miss hardens into tartar. This hard substance can only be removed by dental professionals. An exam also gives us the chance to identify issues like cavities in their earliest stages, when they are easy to treat. 

To schedule your next cleaning and exam, call Bridgetown Dental today at 503-809-4742.