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Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health

Posted on 8/30/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
Fiber is Great for Improving Oral HealthHealth professionals have told people to add more fiber to their diet for a long time. People often associate the need for a high fiber diet with digestive problems.

Fiber can help someone with irregular bowel movements, but it also helps people in other ways. Fiber can also help improve your oral health.

What Does Fiber Do

When you hear that fiber will improve your oral health, you probably start to try to figure out how this happens. Fiber is the indigestible part of plant-based foods. These foods offer many benefits to not only your oral health, but your overall health.

The positive impact of fiber on your oral health happens in many ways.

•  Chewing Food - High fiber foods usually require more chewing to eat. They are denser and cause your brain to slow down the process of eating them. This helps you to eat less and to exercise your teeth and gums more which benefits your dental health.
•  Immune system - research shows that fiber has antimicrobial value. A diet high in fiber can boost the immune system and can help fight off the bacteria that lead to many problems with your teeth and gums.
•  Weight Loss - Foods high in fiber are great for people who need to lose weight. There are many conditions associated with being overweight, such as diabetes that can also affect your oral health. Losing weight through a high fiber diet reduces the risk of conditions that could hurt your oral health.

The Right or Wrong Way to Get Fiber

If you want to take advantage of the benefits of fiber, you also need to make sure you get fiber in the right way. For your oral health, the best way to get more fiber is through the foods that are high in fiber. Using powders or pills can introduce other things besides the fiber and avoids some of the benefits that come with eating the foods.

The best way to find out how to use fiber to improve your dental health is to talk to our dental professionals. Contact us today to make an appointment.
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