Apple Cider — Good for Teeth?

Apple Cider — Good for Teeth?

Fall is coming! You may have mixed feelings about summer ending and the cooler weather coming, but almost everyone can agree that there are some good things about fall. One of these is the yummy treats that go hand-in-hand with autumn.

One of these treats is, of course, apple cider! Apple cider has many health benefits, but these come with a few health warnings as well. Read on for health facts about apple cider, compliments of Dr. Gary Moore and the staff at Star Dental Institute in Colorado Springs!

What is apple cider?

The process for making apple cider begins by softening the apples. Then, the apples are squeezed into juice. The main differences between apple cider and apple juice are that, unlike juice, cider is unpasteurized and unfiltered. Apple cider is made up of not just the juice, but apple pulp and sediment. Apple cider can be made into apple cider vinegar, which is apple cider that is allowed to ferment. Both are said to have many health benefits.

Health benefits of apple cider

Apple cider is very high in vitamin C, which can help treat and prevent the common cold and other illnesses, such as gum disease and other infections. It is high in fiber, which is good for the digestive system and can help suppress the appetite by making you feel full (apple juice isn’t high in fiber because the fiber is in the pulp of the apple, which is filtered out in apple juice).

Apple cider is high in antioxidants known as flavonoids. Antioxidants help to protect cells from free radicals, dangerous atoms or molecules that can occur naturally in the body or can come from the environment. Some research has shown that flavonoids can help to fight chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer.

Apple cider also has phenolics and carotenoids that can help to reduce the instances of some chronic diseases. People who eat apples regularly have a lowered risk of asthma, diabetes, some types of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

It is high in potassium, which is necessary for the organs in the body to function properly. A diet high in potassium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, digestive disorders, cancer, arthritis, stroke and even infertility.

Apple cider has pectin and polyphenols, which can help to prevent the development of tumors in the stomach. Apple cider is a good choice because it is low in saturated fat and sodium and has no cholesterol.

Other research shows that apple cider can help those who suffer from dysentery, acute respiratory diseases, laryngitis and paratyphoid fever, and can even improve brain functions and cognition!

Is apple cider good for teeth?

Apple cider does, indeed, have many health benefits. However, it also has a high sugar content, which can harm teeth, lead to weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. If you’ve indulged in a bit too much apple cider and have noticed that your tooth hurts, you can count on Dr. Gary Moore, 719-597-7979.

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