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If eating properly, apples can be good for your teeth.

In general, apples are good for your teeth if you eat them with your meal, rise your mouth with water, and wait at least 30 minutes after eating an apple before brushing your teeth. Some people can be allergic to raw apples but, if you cook them, you can typically still eat them.

Let’s take a look below and see exactly how you can maximize your teeth health with eating apples.

What do apples do to your teeth?

The common saying is that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But, the question is, does an apple a day also keep the dentist away?

Apples have the natural ability to clean your teeth while also simultaneously stimulating your gums.

When you eat an apple before or after a meal, the apple is gently scrubbing away the bad plaque that gets trapped in-between your teeth.

By chewing on the fibrous parts of the apple and skin, there are several good things that happen to the health of your teeth.

In the process of chewing the apple, your gums get stimulated and stronger.

Not only do apples help your gums, they also help lower your chances of having the bacteria that causes cavities cause damage.

With all the stimulation of eating and chewing the apple, you also receive the added benefit of an increase of flow with your saliva.

Since apples have potassium and several other nutrients, apples help make your bones (teeth) stronger.

Do apples make your teeth yellow?

Since apples have acidic components to them, they have the potential to wear away the top — white part — of your teeth.

The acid in apples can wear down the white outer enamel layer of your teeth and expose the yellowish portions of your teeth. The yellowish part of your teeth, underneath the enamel, is called the dentin.

To minimize the effect of apples wearing out the white parts of your teeth, it’s recommended you drink water while using the water to swish, swirl, and rinse the acidic parts off the surface of your teeth.

By rinsing with water, after eating an apple, the acid will clear off your teeth and will minimize (or eliminate) the acidic parts of the apple from “staining” your teeth.

Apples also cause more saliva to be release.

With the release of more saliva, the saliva acts as a natural defense mechanism and helps prevent the enamel from getting cavities, eroding, or causing yellowish staining.

Do apples clean your teeth?

Apples are commonly known for it’s effects of helping to clean your teeth after eating food.

The reasoning behind apples cleaning your teeth after eating is due to apples stimulating the release of saliva.

Saliva can have alkaline pH levels and can neutralize the acid that’s in the apple.

However, even though apples can help you clean your teeth, it’s not necessarily a replacement for brushing your teeth.

Are apples bad for your teeth?

Apples have a high acid level and can cause some damage to your teeth if you’re not taking the proper precautions.

According to the journal PLoS One, the evidence for apples removing dental plaque by merely chewing the apple is scant and getting a little bit outdated.

The conclusions from studying 20 healthy adults with good oral health indicates that chewing apples actually does “not” remove any dental plaque.

Further evidence suggests that chewing apples can make plaque regrow more favorably withing the first 24 hours.

However, after eating an apple, the immediate effects shows there is a lower amount of bacteria in the saliva that’s similar to brushing your teeth.

Can you eat an apple instead of brushing teeth?

According to the study referenced above, brushing your teeth is show to be effective in removing and reducing the amount of dental plaque.

The popularly held belief is that apples are the gold standard for helping to remove plaque and other residues from the food you just ate.

Within this study, the author finds that chewing apples has either little or no effect in removing dental plaque.

Any contrary evidence to this study suggests differences in how the study was performed and other methodology distinctions such as the participant’s age, type of apple used, amount of apples utilized, and whether or not the apple was peeled or whole.

Since apples increased the flow of saliva, one explanation for finding potential plaque on the teeth — after eating the apple — might be due to a certain protein (pellicle) in the saliva on the surface of the teeth.

Is biting an apple bad for your teeth?

Apples are a hard fruit and when biting into them adds some level of stress to the front of the teeth.

In the chewing of hard substances, damage can occur to the enamel (the visible outermost part of your teeth).

By chewing anything hard, such as an apple, you can become more susceptible to a potential dental emergency.

A potential dental emergency from adding too much stress to your teeth can cause chipping, cracking, or at worse — broken teeth.

In some instances, biting through an exceptionally hard and not fully ripe apple can also cause your crowns or fillings to loosen.

To avoid the potential dental emergency from biting into an apple, it’s recommended you cut the apple into smaller bite-sized pieces.

In cutting the apple into smaller pieces, you can avoid putting too much stress on your front teeth by shifting some of the stress to the back teeth.

Should you brush your teeth after eating apple?

According to dental experts, it’s recommended you wait at least 30 minutes after eating an apple before you brush your teeth.

The reason the experts recommend you wait a period of time before brushing is to give the “sugary” components of the apple time to process.

By allowing the extra saliva, generated from eating the apple, to do it’s work, the sugary parts of further processed and wont cause damage from the tooth brush scraping your teeth.

If you were to brush your teeth directly after eating an apple, the sugary parts behave like sandpaper and slowly cause wear and tear damage to your teeth.

After eating an apple, it’s recommended you drink a glass of water to rinse your mouth out.

Rinsing your mouth with water helps to neutralize the acidic parts of the apple, as well as helping to remove some of the various tiny food particulates building up around and between the teeth.

Why do they say an apple a day keeps the dentist away?

Modern varieties of apples are shown to have a higher sugar content than apples in the past.

Due to ongoing genetic cross-breeding, apples are being bred to have a sweeter taste.

Some dentists say that eating apples are as bad for your teeth as eating sweet candy and other types of sugary beverages.

Since apples are slowly being bred to taste sweeter and contain more sugar, dental experts are starting to raise a red flag that you shouldn’t be eating apples between meals as a snack.

Dental experts continue explaining that if you’re going to eat an apple, it’s best to eat the apple “with” the meal and not between meals.

Once you eat the apple — at meal time only — dental experts suggest you rinse your mouth with clean water to help reduce the chances of damaging your teeth.

Do apples whiten your teeth?

Some sources say that eating hard fruit, such as apples, has the potential of naturally scrubbing various particles from the teeth to help keep them white.

By simply chewing the hard apples, you’re performing a scrubbing action on your teeth.

According to the journal of Research In Ayurveda, apples have a specific type of acidic components called malic acid.

Malic acid is show in this journal to be a natural enamel whitener.

Not only is malic acid a natural teeth whitener, malic acid also increased the production of saliva and acts as an anticarcinogen.

Why do apples make your teeth feel weird?

Some people are allergic to peanuts, wheat, grass, and other seemingly random things.

If after eating an apple and you experience a weird or tingly sensation, there’s is a possibility you might have an allergy to apples.

Specifically, it may not be the actual apples you have an allergic reaction towards.

The allergic reaction you may be experiencing could be an allergy towards pollen.

This type of allergic response is called Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome (PFAS) also referred to as oral allergy syndrome..

According to the American College Of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, PFAS is a triggered by a cross-reaction found in pollen and raw foods such as fruits, vegetables, and various tree nuts.

When the immune system recognized both the pollen and certain similar proteins found in different foods, it can trigger an allergic reaction.

Some symptoms of PFAS from eating an apples (or other raw foods) include swelling or itchy mouth, throat, lips, and/or tongue. In some instances your ears might get itchy and you could breakout in hives around the mouth.


Further explanations show that even if you’re getting an allergic reaction from eating raw foods, some people can typically consume the them if they’re cooked.

Cooking the food distorts certain proteins and causes the immune system to not recognize it in a way that causes an allergic reaction.

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