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October 1st, 2016

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

johnny-1Do you remember hearing stories about “the old settler” Johnny Appleseed? Johnny Appleseed is a folk hero that is based off of the life of John Chapman, an orchardist and nurseryman who was known for planting orchards in the Midwest.

Born on September 26, 1774, in Massachusetts, John cultivated orchards that were used to establish land claims along the frontier. Many of the apples his orchards produced were used to make hard cider at the time! (1) This differs a bit from the story of Johnny Appleseed, whose legend is that he scattered seeds across the country, following a dream to grow so many apples that people would never go hungry. (That legend is in part thanks to a Disney feature, Melody Time, that depicted the fairy tale version of Johnny.)

Needless to say, even if the legend versus the real man differs, John Chapman was also responsible for the cultivation of huge amounts of land over the countryside, and for the development of thousands of productive apple trees (2). This week marks his birthday, and to honor him, we want to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day!

How to Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day

Ever heard the expression that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? It’s actually true that eating apples does bring benefit to your health! Here are some other facts that might surprise you:

  • Apples can help to naturally brighten your teeth
  • Apples can help to freshen your breath naturally
  • Apples are the second most popular fruit in America
  • The most-grown apple is Red Delicious (5)
  • Apples are a great source of dietary fiber, flavonoids and even antioxidants
  • Apples can help you naturally fight cholesterol build-up (6)

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The best way to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day—we say—is simply by enjoying some of the delicious apples he helped spread across the United States. The nice part about this holiday is that it falls during apple season, when apples are plentiful, crisp and delicious.

A Healthier Alternative to Other Treats Common This Time of Year

Apples do have a long list of health benefits…Although it’s not a replacement for brushing or flossing, chomping on an apple provides perks for your oral health! The biting and chewing that’s required stimulates saliva production, which in turn lowers bacteria levels and reduces risk of tooth decay. The fiber, combined with the malic acid present in apples, also acts as a mild cleansing astringent, helps dissolve stains of the teeth, and cleans plaque from the roots naturally (3).

If you aren’t in the mood for an apple, check out these other foods that are great for your overall health:

Strawberries: Strawberries actually contain astringent and high levels of vitamin C. These two components work together to naturally help to remove surface stains and clear plaque (3).

Pineapple: Pineapples are high in vitamin C, which prevents plaque formation and is important in maintaining healthy gums. They also contain high levels of an enzyme called bromelain, which acts as both a natural stain remover and a plaque prevention (3).

Carrots and Celery: Similar to apples, the fibers found in carrots and celery work as natural abrasive agents to eliminate dirt and plaque from teeth and gums. This is true for many fresh, crunchy, crisp vegetables. Carrots are also high in minerals that help control bacteria levels in the mouth. The fiber and high water content of celery can actually freshen your breath as well (4).

Cranberries: Fresh cranberries weaken bacteria, preventing it from bonding and forming damaging plaque (4).

The next time you prepare your shopping list, try to include foods from this list. It will feel good knowing you can eat well and keep your teeth healthy and strong at the same time. Be sure to enjoy the apple harvest this fall, and Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

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Have any questions you want to know the answer to? We’d love to answer any of the questions you have! Schedule your next visit with Hagen Dental by calling us at (513) 251-5500.

Sources/References:

  1. http://www.biography.com/people/johnny-appleseed-38103#death-and-legend
  2. http://kids.bestapples.com/kids/teachers/johnny.shtml
  3. http://www.wonderslist.com/top-10-fruits-vegetables-for-healthy-brighten-teeth/
  4. https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/nutrition.html
  5. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a25849/apple-facts/
  6. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples/

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