When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, a good oral hygiene routine is essential. While brushing and flossing are crucial to keep your mouth healthy, there are other dietary and lifestyle changes that can improve your oral health.
The consumption of seaweed and seaweed-containing products is one of the more recent studies in this field, and the results have shown promise for improved oral health.
Seaweed Fights Plaque
Plaque is the major culprit in the development of cavities. This sticky substance is caused by groupings of bacteria, which colonize and eat away at the enamel of the teeth.
Not all toothpastes are able to break up the plaque layer, which can result in decay and cavities. Fortunately, the use of seaweed may be able to help.
Researchers from Newcastle University have recently found an important enzyme in seaweed that offers plaque-fighting capabilities. The enzyme works to break down plaque, ridding the mouth of bacteria and improving oral health.
While use of the enzyme is still being studied, researchers hope to add it to toothpaste and mouthwash in the future to help people improve their oral health.
Seaweed May Protect the Gums
Seaweed is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can benefit your mouth in many ways. It helps with gum inflammation to reduce the risk of gum disease. Plus, these properties help to make oral tissues less resistant to damage, and they will improve the function of the salivary glands.
Whether you're experiencing a dental problem or just want to speak to someone about how to better care for your mouth, we are here to help. It is our mission to educate patients on how to best care for their teeth and improve their overall oral health. Contact us today to learn more and to set up an appointment.
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