Posted on 7/20/2019 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
|The idea of eating seaweed is not new. In some cultures, it is a regular part of people's diet. Not everyone is convinced that seaweed is something they should eat. You may not realize that not only is it possible that seaweed can taste good, but that it can also provide health benefits. Learning that seaweed can benefit your teeth, could give you a reason to find out how to include it in your diet.
Seaweed and Tooth Decay
The bacteria in the mouth can grow and form plaque. That plaque can lead to tooth decay and cavities. The best way to prevent this it to remove the plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums. The problem is that it is not always easy to do this. Brushing and flossing is the most common method, but it is possible that seaweed may help in the battle against plaque.
Researchers have found that an enzyme found in the bacterium on the surface of the seaweed actually attacks and removes plaque from the teeth and gums. It is another tool to help keep the teeth and gums healthy.
The minerals and nutrients in seaweed will help your overall health. Seaweed has iodine, which can help with your thyroid. It has many vitamins and minerals that will contribute to both your oral health and your overall health.
How to Get Your Seaweed
The idea of eating seaweed is not appealing to everyone. Despite the fact the seaweed can help fight plaque and its vitamins and minerals can help the body in other ways, some people will not want to add it to their meals. Researchers are working on seaweed derived toothpaste that will help keep your teeth that much healthier. For people who can't stomach seaweed, this is an option.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.