Foods and Recipes for a Healthy Smile!

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Vegetables for a health smile

Vegetables for a health smileWe are all striving for good oral health and a brighter than white smile. But did you know that certain food items can actually help to attain these goals? Since good oral health is also closely tied in to good general health, it should come as no surprise that a lot of the foods for good oral health overlap with foods for good general health. Here are some examples of foods that we recommend for good oral health:

Crunchy Foods

Crunchy foods such as celery and carrots are good for oral health because the actual ‘chewing’ of the foods helps to clean plaque and tartar. (On the other hand, sweet and sticky foods that stick to our teeth contribute to the plaque buildup increasing the chance for cavities to develop).

Foods from the Dairy Case

Milk, cheese and yogurt are good for oral health not only because of the calcium in dairy products but also because they have casein (a protein that helps to reduce the possibility of cavities).

Salmon

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish (particularly in salmon) contribute to fighting all types of disease, particularly gum disease. Gum disease causes inflammation which is the single greatest threat to good oral health. Eating salmon will help your body fight off inflammation and gum disease.

Apples

We’ve all heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but did you know that apples also combat the bacteria that causes bad breath, gum disease and cavities?

Green Tea

Although black tea con contribute to teeth staining, green tea contains antioxidants that help to fight bacteria that causes gum disease.

 

Recipes:

Crunchy Salad Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup celery, chopped
1⁄4 cup red pepper, chopped
1 tbsp onion (red, green or white) finely chopped
4 leaves fresh basil, chopped, or 1⁄4 tsp dried basil
2 drops natural sweetener, or 1 tsp honey, to taste
1 tsp raspberry vinegar
1 tsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Sea salt, a pinch or two to taste
Fresh ground peppercorn, a pinch or two to taste

Directions

Chop the vegetables and basil, if using fresh, and place in a medium bowl. If using dried basil, keep in a separate bowl. In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, stevia (or honey), salt, pepper, olive oil (optional), and 2 teaspoons of water. Add dried basil if using this instead of fresh. Stir and pour over vegetables. Toss well to coat.

 

Honey/Soy Salmon

Ingredients

  • 1 tables honey
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • (4) 6 ounce salmon filets
  • cooking spray

Directions

Combine first four ingredients in a large ziploc bag. Add the salmon, seal and marinate 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the salmon and discard the marinade. Coat your pan with cooking spray. Cook the salmon 5 minutes on each side until it flakes easily with a fork.

 

Fruit/Kale/Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 8 ounces brewed green tea (plain, chilled)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar alcohol sweetener

Directions

Brew green tea and chill. In a blender, add ice, green tea, Greek yogurt and kale. Blend until no large pieces of kale are visible. Add the other ingredients and blend until all ingredients are well incorporated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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