Some vegetables are so important for your health that there’s a whole month dedicated to them. March is Bell Pepper and Broccoli Month. Not only do these two veggies add color to your meal, but they also add several healthy and nutritional benefits. Let’s examine the tooth advantages of bell peppers and broccoli.
- Vitamin C: Bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is essential for developing collagen and building strong gums. Vitamin C strengthens your blood vessels and gum lining. It also helps grow new tissues to heal and repair wounds so you can recover quicker from your oral procedures. Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system to help fight gum infections and oral diseases.
- Vitamin A: Red bell peppers contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is important for healthy skin, vision, and immunity. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A and helps grow and repair body tissues. One cup of bell peppers provides your minimum daily value of vitamin A.
- Crunchiness: Bell peppers are crisp and crunchy. Biting into and chewing a bell pepper stimulates saliva production, which helps keep your mouth moist and rinse away bacteria.
- Heart Health: Bell peppers have been shown to prevent blood clot formation, heart attacks, strokes, and high cholesterol—all of which are also linked to gum disease.
- Vitamin C: Broccoli is also a great source of vitamin C. Weight for weight, broccoli actually contains more vitamin C than an orange—and it doesn’t contain the acidity of an orange, either!
- Vitamin E: Broccoli contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps your body heal itself more effectively.
- Calcium: You may think dairy products are the only good sources of calcium, but green leafy vegetables and broccoli are high on the list, too. Calcium helps strengthen your teeth and bones, eliminating your risk of tooth decay, chipping, breakage, or loss.
- Folic Acid: Broccoli is high in folic acid, which is ideal for pregnant women. Gum disease increases your risk of premature births and birth defects, so increasing your broccoli consumption during pregnancy can help keep your body and your baby healthy.
Dr. Osborn can make sure you’re getting the adequate amount of the vegetables and nutrients you need to keep your smile strong and healthy. If your diet has negatively affected your smile, restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures by your Lone Tree dentists can help repair your mouth. Contact our dentist office in Lone Tree, CO, at (303) 799-9993 to request an appointment. We welcome patients from Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, and the surrounding areas.