Remember your parents telling you to eat carrots because they are good for your eyes? Well, they are, and they are good for your teeth, too. Who would have guessed that that funny shaped, bright orange, crispy, crunchy vegetable that grows upside down in the dirt could have so many health benefits? There are a few ways that carrots help your teeth, in fact. Read on to find out how.
Carrots Good for Your Eyes
When your parents told you carrots were good for your eyesight they were right. They may not have known why, but they knew what they were talking about when they told you to eat carrots. Carrots are good for your eyes because they contain Beta-carotene which is a type of vitamin A. Beta-carotene gives foods their orange color and helps the retina and other parts of your eyes to function properly.
Carrots Good for Your Teeth
The vitamin A in carrots not only helps your eyes, it helps your teeth too. Vitamin A helps build tooth enamel. The act of eating a raw carrot is beneficial to your teeth because as you chew it, it encourages the production of saliva which is your mouth’s natural cleanser. Saliva washes away food debris, sugars and pathogenic bacteria that feed on the sugars and debris, and produce enamel eating acids as a result. Carrots also cleanse your teeth as you bite into and chew them. Their hard, crunchy texture scrubs your teeth and gums.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.