Eating Seaweed Should Be an Important Part of Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Posted on 3/30/2020 by SmileCOS Dentistry
You may not know it, but eating seaweed is good for your dental health.
People who eat seaweed have fewer problems with decay and also feel better overall. Moreover, research shows that the enzymes contained in seaweed prevent the bacteria from forming that triggers gum disease. The following information elaborates on why your oral health can improve when eating this marine plant.
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A Rich Source of Nutrients
One of seaweed's claims to fames are the nutrients contained in the plant. Scientists have found that seaweed is rich in iodine, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and calcium. Not only does the ocean plant fight off bad disease-causing bacteria in the mouth, it is also loaded with nutrients. In addition, the plant has been proven effective in naturally whitening the teeth. It is not surprising that we endorse the use of this plant for better dental health.
How Seaweed Attacks Plaque
Plaque, when it forms, clings to the teeth, thus permitting bacteria and pathogens to develop and grow. An enzyme in seaweed, bacillus licheniformis, breaks down the plaque on teeth and disperses bad bacteria. While this enzyme is still being tested by scientists, the hope is that it will be added, someday, to dental products, such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. In the meantime, you can add seaweed to your diet in one of several ways. For example, you can add seaweed to smoothies with spirulina.
You can also prepare a seaweed salad, or add kelp to homemade stews or soups. You can even snack on seaweed by buying roasted seaweed snacks. Snacks feature insoluble and soluble fiber and contain less carbs than crackers. Seaweed is also a source of omega-3 healthy fats. You don't have to eat fish all the time to get this type of fat.