Strawberries

Eat More Strawberries!

It’s almost summer time! One of our favorite parts of summer is fresh fruit. From strawberries to peaches, fresh fruit is delicious and has some awesome health benefits. Did you know strawberries are actually good for your oral health?

The reason that strawberries are so good for your oral health is that they contain malic acid. This is an acid that occurs naturally in many of the fruits we eat normally.  For example, malic acid is often found in apple juice.

What is malic acid? Inside your mouth, malic acid works as a natural enamel whitener. So next time you are devouring some juicy strawberries, you can be happy you are also help brighten and whiten your smile. Many people also try to make a homemade whitening treatment using strawberries. We found a great article on using strawberries’ malic acid to create your own teeth whitening treatment on health.com. Here are the directions from Health.com.

The DIRECTIONS
  1. Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking soda until blended.
  2. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth.
  3. Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry–baking soda mix.
  4. Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds.) Carrel says you can apply once a week.”

We hope you enjoy lots of delicious fruit this summer, and if you try this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments! For more ways to enhance your dental health, check out more articles on our blog or our educational videos.

Water

Fluoride in water will help prevent cavities

We all know the healthy benefits of drinking water, but did you know that drinking fluoridated water effectively prevents tooth decay? As a matter of fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water fluoridation is one of the top public health achievements of our time.

What is fluoridated water? Fluoride is a natural chemical substance produced by a living organism, found in water, or added to water at water treatment facilities. When fluoridated water is consumed, the water will strengthen tooth enamel, and will help prevent cavities. Above all, the American Dental Association (ADA) has named fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter”.

Fluoridation of water began in 1945, when the public did not have access to fluoride found in toothpaste and mouthwash, today. Now that fluoridated products exist, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested 0.7 milligrams per liter of drinking water, based on other sources that are providing fluoride to today’s population.

Above all, despite the ongoing debates about whether or not fluoridated water is good for you, below are a few facts about the positive benefits of fluoridated water….

  • Helps reduce and prevent tooth decay
  • Strengthens the tooth enamel
  • Helps save money and prevents dental procedure costs

For more information about community water fluoridation and fluoridation statistics, you can read more about it on this link.