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Seaweed Provides a Wide Range of Dental Benefits

Posted on 7/24/2017 by Dr. Pickens
Seaweed can provide many dental health benefits.
There are many foods that can help your oral health, and one of them is seaweed. A lot of people wonder how that mess that you get tangled up in when you are in the water can help you? And you expect me to eat it? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes. Seaweed has been used for centuries as a super food and in ancient times actually cultivated for the wealthy. Seaweed benefits nor only your teeth but your overall health.

What Does Seaweed Do for You?

Seaweed derives its vitamins and minerals from the sea. It contains high amounts of calcium, iodine, magnesium, protein, Vitamins B, fiber and, alpha linoleic acid, EPA, iron, vitamins C and A. You can eat seaweed raw or dried, and it does not affect the vitamin or mineral content.

It also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can protect you from gum disease by disrupting the bacteria that occurs naturally in your mouth and causes cavities and gum disease.

Seaweed is one of the richest sources of calcium. Calcium is necessary to build bone and to keep your teeth mineralized. Without calcium, your teeth will break down and eventually fall out.

Researchers recently discovered that seaweed can deter cavity formation. Bacteria in your mouth forms a slimy surface on your teeth. This slimy shield is what helps to create plaque formation which leads to tooth decay and cavities. Though regular brushing can help remove the shield, it can get it all.

A substance called Bacillus licheniformis is found on the surface of seaweed. This substance releases an enzyme that forces the bacteria in your mouth to break down the slimy shield. This makes the teeth easier to clean and allows your toothpaste to remove the plaque more easily. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (360) 254-6411.
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