Can an Apple a Day Really Keep Cavities Away?

You’re probably familiar with the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But what can an apple a day do for teeth?

Can the delicious fruit really keep your oral health in check and your teeth free of decay?

Sure, there’s no denying the overall health benefits of apples. But, if you think an apple a day will keep plaque off your teeth — think again.

Plaque and Bacteria

According to a recent study, chewing an apple actually increased the amount of plaque on the teeth of test subjects. This was both immediately after consumption and up to 24 hours later!

However, the news wasn’t all bad.

The study also discovered that the saliva generated from eating an apple helped clean the mouth of bacteria.

This happens because your saliva counteracts acids left behind in your mouth. It also breaks down foods, cleaning harmful debris from your teeth and providing other nutrients.

Similar to Toothbrushing

The study concluded that “chewing an apple does not necessarily have a mechanical plaque removal effect.” But, an apple does produce “an immediate reduction in salivary bacterial vitality, similar to that achieved with tooth brushing.”

If you were thinking that eating an apple would provide the same benefits as brushing your teeth, you’re wrong.

Two minutes spent cleaning your teeth twice a day cannot be imitated through other means. Not even flossing!

And, it goes without saying, that no amount of apple-eating, flossing, and/or brushing should keep you from visiting us every 6-months for dental hygiene cleanings. Having your teeth cleaned can prevent gum disease, which leads to early tooth loss.
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