Posted on 4/20/2019 by Beautiful Smiles Office
|Do you love eating seaweed? A popular ingredient in many dishes, seaweed is incredibly versatile. Now, researchers have discovered that seaweed may even benefit your oral health. Read on to learn how.
One of the biggest benefits that seaweed offers to oral health is that it helps to rid the teeth of plaque accumulation. Plaque is a sticky film that contains bacteria and other microbes that can attack the oral tissues. This can ultimately lead to decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Fortunately, researchers from Newcastle University recently found that an enzyme extracted from a seaweed bacterium called Bacillus licheniformis actually attacks plaque. It causes bacteria to disperse, minimizing the risk for decay and other oral health troubles.
Researchers who found this benefit believe that it could change the way that we care for our teeth. In the future, it could lead to more effective dental hygiene products, including new toothpaste, mouth rinses, and denture cleaners. In particular, toothpaste derived from seaweed could protect the teeth in between the teeth and in other areas of the mouth that are hard to reach with floss or toothbrushes.
High in Nutrients
Seaweed is also high in some important nutrients that are necessary for optimal dental health. This includes calcium, which many people believe they can only get from dairy products. Calcium helps to keep the teeth and bones strong and healthy, so adding seaweed to your oral hygiene regimen can boost your calcium intake. Other nutrients include iodine, vitamin C, magnesium, and iron, so even adding seaweed to your diet more often could leave you with some far-reaching oral health benefits.
Do you have questions about your diet and how it might be impacting your oral health? If so, please give our office a call. We can help you create a plan to boost your oral health.
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