Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 7: Pineapples
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Though some foods can damage your teeth if you eat them too often, others can actually benefit your teeth. Fruits and vegetables are generally okay, but some are better choices than others. Pineapples are an excellent and healthy fruit that can actually make your teeth stronger.
Get Healthy Gums With Pineapple
Pineapple is a rich source of manganese, a mineral that helps your body to create new bones and connective tissues. Eating one cup of pineapple can give you up to 73% of the manganese you need each day. Getting enough manganese is essential for gum health, and it will ensure that you have healthy gums for years to come. Since gums hold your teeth in place, having healthy gums results in a healthier smile
Eating Pineapple with Invisalign or Braces
When you first get braces, your orthodontist may mention that certain foods are trickier to eat with certain types of braces. Since pineapple is soft and easy to chew, it is a great option if your teeth are still sore from the process. Also, pineapple is not sticky or chewy, so it will not get stuck between wires and brackets. If you have Invisalign aligners, you can eat as much pineapple as you want, without having to worry about damaging your aligners.
The Useful Enzymes in Pineapple
Pineapple is the only fruit to contain bromelain, an enzyme that has many uses. Your orthodontist may recommend that patients eat pineapple after any orthodontic treatment, because bromelain lessens inflammation and encourages healing in the mouth. Bromelain also works alongside the other enzymes in pineapple to remove stains naturally.
Eating pineapple is just one of the many ways to improve your smile. Contact Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics today to set up an appointment at one of our three convenient locations.
Dr Nease graduated as Valedictorian from Cocke County (TN) High School in 1988 and graduated from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) in 1992. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree as Valedictorian of his graduating class in 1996. He remained at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry for his orthodontic training, and received his Master of Dental Science (MDS) degree in June of 1999. He immediately joined the practice of Dr. Phil Higginbotham in Spartanburg, beginning a wonderful professional relationship and friendship that endures today.