How Antioxidants Can Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
|To answer how antioxidants can improve oral health care, we should first explain what antioxidants are. Without getting too scientific, your body is made up of various types of molecules.
Sometimes these molecules become unstable and create stress on your tissues. In the case of your oral health, the tissues affected could be your gums, which could lead to gum disease. These unstable molecules are commonly referred to as free radicals.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, are good molecules. They can be natural or man-made but their primary benefit is that they prevent or delay the cell damage that can be caused by free radicals. Simply put they are the free radicals' enemy. The even better news is that many of your favorite foods are rich in antioxidants.
How Do I Know Which Foods to Eat?
To start with, fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants. As with any other nutrient, some have more antioxidants than others. Rather than having to carry a list around, one way you can determine if a fruit or vegetable is an antioxidant is its color. A general rule is that the more brightly colored vegetables, roots, fruit, and berries are the ones that are highest I antioxidants. This also includes spices that you may cook with.
To get you started on your antioxidant quest, here are a few suggestions from a variety of food categories. In the berry arena, you have blueberries, elderberries, cranberries, and blackberries. These are easy to eat, can be made into juices, smoothies or any other way you wish to create. The form of the berry is not important, the berry is.
Vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, and artichokes have high antioxidant properties, but for fun, so does dark chocolate. Herbs and spices that are good for your oral health are turmeric, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, cumin, and ginger. Simply add these to the spices you put in your food as you cook. Some, like ginger and thyme, can also be made into teas to drink.