Vegetables: nature’s dental floss!

There are myriad reasons to enjoy your veggies, and one is of primary importance: vegetables help protect your teeth! A part of any healthy eating regimen, vegetables are a great way to boost your dental care routine. Dr. Tiffany Shields is your Jacksonville FL dentist for the dietary science behind good oral health!

Most raw, fresh veggies are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires lots of chewing, which causes an abundance of saliva. Any saliva is good for teeth because it naturally neutralizes acid and contains calcium and phosphate to remineralize teeth. Celery is a particular beneficial vegetable for dental health because it breaks down into fibrous strands that naturally clean the teeth–nature’s dental floss!

While celery-fiber removal doesn’t quite replace the need for fluoride-laced dental floss, it’s a great way to get in both a midday floss and a snack. If you’re interested in learning more about foods for dental health, contact the team at Smiles by Shields today!


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