If you are a berry eater, we don’t blame you. Berries are awesome. They are really nature’s superfood–even though we know spinach and kale would disagree. While berries are chock full of vitamins and nutrients, they also have acids that can damage your teeth over time.
This seems contradictory, we get it, because berries also work to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So how do you eat berries and getting the benefits without letting them damage your teeth? Keep reading for information about happy berry eating.
How Great Are Berries?
So all berries–whether they are cranberries, blueberries, strawberries or lingonberries–have a lot of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Both of these vitamins help with strengthening teeth and are natural gum disease fighters.
The vitamins also increase the level of blood circulation in your mouth, which is essential for healthy gum tissue and tooth root health. Berries also have Vitamin K, which also works towards promotion of healthy gum tissue and improves blood circulation in your mouth. Antioxidants that are found in berries are also important to your overall mouth health, as they work to decrease the risk of head and neck cancers in your body.
Also, the effects of eating berries continue to benefit your mouth after you get done eating. In other words, the benefits of berries stay in your mouth longer than previously thought. In fact, the benefits of berries can stay in your mouth for hours.
While eating berries is part of a healthy diet, you don’t want berries to end up staining your teeth. There are ways that you can get the benefits of eating berries without staining your teeth or allowing the acids from berries to stay long enough to become a problem. You should brush your teeth about an hour after eating berries, or at least rinse your mouth out with water. If you are able to do that, you get all of the benefits of berry eating, and none of the issues.
If you want to learn more about how eating berries will benefit you, or about how to make sure you clean your teeth after eating berries, why not give us a call? We will be happy to schedule an appointment to talk about eating berries as part of your overall healthy eating plan.