Keeping your teeth as clean as possible to avoid cavities is a daily challenge. Sure, you can carry a toothbrush and toothpaste around with you all of the time, but sometimes that becomes impractical.
You will also have situations where you simply can’t brush. So, what do you do? You could chew sugar-free gum, but what if you don’t like gum?
You should floss and that can be done almost anywhere but surely there is another way. Well, there is and you can find your own ways to clean your teeth if you understand just what makes a good cleanser.
How Do Your Teeth Stay Clean?
What puts you at a high risk of cavities and tooth decay is dry mouth. That’s right, dry mouth. Your body produces saliva and the saliva washes your teeth and keeps food particles and bacteria from clinging to them. When you have dry mouth, you don’t produce sufficient amounts of saliva to make a difference, so the bacteria parks on your teeth and they, in turn, begin to decay. This is the value of chewing gum. It stimulates the production of saliva.
Can Nuts Help Your Teeth?
The good news is that gum isn’t the only thing that can stimulate saliva. Enter nuts, which also stimulate saliva production. In addition, they can provide crucial vitamins that can help strengthen your teeth much like the fluoride in your toothpaste. As with everything, some nuts are better than others.
Peanuts and almonds are high in calcium, a mineral you need to keep your teeth strong. Peanuts also have Vitamin D which calcium needs to be effective. Cashews stimulate saliva and help wash your teeth. Walnuts by far have the highest vitamin content that the other three. They are rich in folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, niacin, Vitamins E and B6, potassium and zinc.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about nuts effects on your oral health.