From childhood parents and teachers always make it a point to stress the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Our bodies require certain vitamins and nutrients to operate at the highest level and the best way to acquire those naturally is through the foods we eat.
One food in particular that has many healthy properties is the beet. This root vegetable not only makes for a great food colouring alternative, but it is also being touted as the ‘future of dental care’. “What foodstuff is most likely to make your teeth nice and healthy? Red, syrupy beet juice probably isn’t the first thing to pop into your mind. Beets, after all, stain everything they come into contact with. You would think that a mouthful of beet juice would lead to a smile worthy of a slasher film, not a healthy jawful of chompers. But lo and behold, these Austrian dental students know better than we do. Bio Drachen Trank is a tooth-enhancing juice made out of beets. The university students realized that the high inorganic nitrate levels found in beets would be converted by the body into nitric oxide. Said nitric oxide not only prevents cavities, but also actually stops tooth decay.”
Now this doesn’t mean that eating beets or ingesting beet juice marks the end of any dental woes you may be facing, or mean that you no longer need to keep up with your regular dental hygiene maintenance, on the contrary. The addition of beets to your diet can be of great benefit to your teeth and the rest of your body, combined with regular good health practices which include brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your Ottawa dentist on bi-annually.