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Is Avocado Good for My Dental Health?
Avocados have become a very trendy superfood recently. But actually, they are packed full of important vitamins and minerals that help strengthen and protect your teeth and gums. Avocado is among the best foods for your dental health.
Benefits of Avocado:
Fight Tooth Decay:
The potassium that avocados have helps fight tooth decay. Potassium helps in keeping your bones – and teeth – strong, which in turn reduces your risk of tooth decay. Like vitamin D, potassium improves bone mineral density. Avocados can act as a “nutrient booster” by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K and E.
This one is two benefits for the price of one. Magnesium helps fight inflammation, so if you have inflamed gums, avocados can help. Magnesium can also help with the remineralization of your teeth. An avocado has as much as 15 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium. Magnesium can help to prevent blood from becoming too acidic, which can leach calcium from your bones and teeth.
Folic Acid, or folate (Vitamin B9), helps to prevent gum disease and promote healthy cell and tissue development. Avocados are a good source of Folic Acid, which is especially important for pregnant women. Several studies have shown that folic acid can reduce inflammation in the gums and make them more resilient to dental plaque and anaerobic bacteria, two of the leading causes of gum disease – tooth decay and bad breath.
Phytochemicals (also called phytonutrients) are the nutrients you get from eating dark-colored fruits or vegetables. As a dark-colored fruit, avocados are rich in antioxidants that work to protect your gums and other body tissue from bacterial infection. The way it works is that avocados naturally contain probiotic bacteria, which is the good bacteria known to fight off harmful bacteria. When this good bacteria is introduced to your mouth, it helps maintain the right balance to ward off tooth decay and bad breath.
The rise of avocados is nothing to fear, especially since research has shown that avocados can play an important role in helping to keep your teeth healthy. If you’re concerned about tooth decay or inflamed gums, make an appointment with Noll Family Dentistry, it’s easier to treat these concerns with early detection.