We have to say it. Carrots have gotten a bad rap with some diet enthusiasts, because of the high content of sugar in the vegetable. Although carrots contain only natural sugars, some people believe that carrots add too much sugar to your diet. We'd like to set the record straight about carrots.
Carrots Are a Superfood
In reality, carrots are an amazing superfood that does all kinds of good for your mouth. First, when you munch on raw carrots, you are brushing your teeth. Raw carrot is a natural toothbrush, cleaning food particles, sugars, and acids from your teeth. When you chew on raw carrots, you massage your gums as well, which helps keep them healthy and improves their blood circulation.
Carrots as a vegetable contain keratin and Vitamin A, which both strengthen tooth enamel, and can help to repair tooth enamel that has been damaged. Keratin is also good for breaking down and getting rid of plaque, which damages your tooth enamel as well. In addition, carrots have Vitamin C, which keeps gums healthy.
The important thing to remember about carrots is that like many vegetables, they are best when they are raw. When vegetables are cooked, a lot of the nutrients are cooked out of them, which defeats the purpose of eating veggies in the first place. If you can eat more raw vegetables, you can keep your mouth healthier, and keep your body healthier as well.
Carrots play a role in a healthy mouth, along with regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. If you have questions about how to fit more carrots as well as other vegetables into your diet, why not give us a call? We would be happy to talk with you to help you make your smile the best it can be through diet and dental visits.
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