The internet is filled with what I like to call “Dental Pollution.” There are a lot of half-truths and myths about oral health. One of the reasons that I started Oral Answers was to provide facts and truths about dentistry to those that have unanswered questions about their oral and dental health.
To dispel these myths, I have created a tag on this blog called Dental Myths. Every time I set the record straight on a dental myth, I will apply the Dental Myths tag so you can easily find these myth-busting articles.
A common dental myth is that fibrous foods like apples, celery, carrots, lettuce, peppers, and many other raw foods can clean your teeth.
This belief has caused more than a few people, I’m sure, to rationalize their lack of oral hygiene, saying that they can simply “eat their way to cleaner teeth.”
The truth of the matter is that fibrous foods do not clean teeth.
Fibrous Foods Do Not Clean Teeth
In the book, Essentials of Dental Caries by Kidd it states the following about the effect fibrous foods have on teeth:
Health foods are very fashionable nowadays; it has been suggested that fibrous foods such as apples and carrots ‘clean’ teeth, thus removing plaque and preventing caries. Although fibrous foods are preferable to a sucrose snack, there is no evidence that they can ‘clean’ the teeth.
Fibrous foods simply can’t do the same hard work that the bristles on your toothbrush do every day.
Fibrous Foods Are Good for You
This doesn’t mean that fibrous foods aren’t good for you. They are great for your body (especially your digestive system), and good for your teeth. Think about it — if your choice is between an apple, or an apple-flavored Jolly Rancher, then definitely pick the apple!
As beneficial as fibrous foods are for you, they cannot actually clean your teeth; the only thing at your house that can do that is your toothbrush and some dental floss!
Are there other facts or claims you have heard about oral health that make you wonder or seem unclear? Leave them below in the comments and I will clear them up for you.
Thanks for reading!