Dentist Recommends: Boost Your Breath and Oral Health with Apples

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jun.15 - 2024 9:07 AM CET

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Forget menthol gum—apples might just be the game-changer your breath needs.

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We've all been there, reaching for a piece of gum to combat bad breath. But dentist Tim Bradstock-Smith has unveiled a more effective and natural remedy: apples.

According to Bradstock-Smith, apples act like a natural toothbrush.

"The texture of an apple helps to scrub away excess food particles and plaque from teeth and gums," he explains, as reported by Senest.

Spit It Out

Beyond their scrubbing power, apples also boost saliva production, which is crucial for oral health. Saliva helps wash away food debris and bacteria, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

The more you chew, the more saliva you produce, making apples a double-duty defender of dental hygiene.

Apples are packed with polyphenols, compounds with antibacterial properties that can hinder the growth of cavity-causing and bad-breath bacteria.

Unlike many fruits and sugary drinks, apples have a lower acid content, which means they're gentler on your tooth enamel while still providing these health benefits.

Better Blood Flow, Healthier Gums

The benefits don't stop there. Eating an apple can also enhance blood circulation in your gums, helping to keep them healthy and strong. "Blood circulation is vital for maintaining healthy and resilient gums," adds Bradstock-Smith.

Next time you think about reaching for a piece of gum to freshen your breath, consider an apple instead. It’s not just a natural choice; it’s an effective way to improve both your breath and overall oral health.