In previous blogs, we talked about how losing teeth can be detrimental to your oral health, and the amazing benefits dental implants can provide. I’d like to switch gears a little bit today and talk about promoting good oral health by consuming a fruit that is near and dear to La Habra.
As I’m sure most of you know, La Habra is known for being the hometown of the Hass avocado tree, since Rudolph Hass planted the mother tree here in the 1920s. Since then, the fruit from this tree has become one of the most prominent avocado cultivators in the world. You probably already know that avocados can be super delicious, especially if you’ve ever had guacamole from Chipotle.
Avocados are also nutrient-dense and full of health benefits. Avocados are considered a “superfood,” because they’re a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids, and they have a low sugar content. In laymen’s terms, that means that they’re the good kind of fat.
They’re also an excellent source of dietary fiber. Avocados are famous for helping with digestive health, skin and hair care, liver care, cardiovascular health- and the list goes on and on. But did you know that avocados are actually good for your dental health, too?
“How?”, you ask? Well, long story short, avocados are great at preventing indigestion and upset stomach problems. They help you digest (your Chipotle) by stimulating your gastric and digestive juices, so the nutrients of your foods are absorbed efficiently and rapidly. On the same hand, those suffering from digestive problems or upset stomachs usually also suffer from bad breath troubles.
So, the consumption of avocados actually helps prevent bad breath by improving your digestive health. Avocados contain antibacterial and antioxidant flavonoids that kill the bacteria in your mouth, which thusly, rids your mouth of foul smells and advocates (pun intended) good oral health. Even more so, research has also found a connection between avocados and oral cancer prevention.
While avocados cannot serve as a cure-all for all of your dental problems, diet is usually a good place to start with small ailments. So, make some guacamole, put it on your sandwich or salad, even make an avocado salad dressing. After all, they’re delicious and good for you, especially if you suffer from halitosis or poor dental health.
If you’re suffering from larger dental issues, give Dr. Steve Irwin’s office a call at (714) 784-5755, and we can help you get back on track to having a brighter, healthier smile.