Eating out and often is popular in the summer months. Families go to BBQ’s, Reunions and farmers markets and try samples of fresh fruit and jams. But are all the summer samples really good for your health? And what about our smile? Some foods are better for your oral health over others. Here is a list of the summers best food for your teeth.
Green tea provides a tremendous amount of health benefits. It is a perfect summer sipping drink. It is a natural antioxidant, which can help prevent many diseases. Those antioxidants compounds can help prevent cavities because it fights against plaque build up. In the summer you can brew a pot of green tea then add ice for iced green tea. Drinking green tea is a great way to enjoy an afternoon.
Fruit is very good for your teeth especially if it is raw or eaten whole. Fresh fruit keeps plaque away by the act of eating it. When we bite into fruit it massages the gums. Fruits that are rich in Vitamin C are an excellent source because they help your gums stay healthier because Vitamin C helps to hold blood cells together. Summer time is the best time for certain fruits such as fresh berries, apples, and oranges are a great selection. Make a fruit salad with multiple options to pick from.
Onions are a good source of food to help kill bacteria. There are many bacteria’s that harm your teeth and gums, and eating onions will help you kick them to the curb. Eating an onion raw is one of the fastest ways to kill bacteria, but then you may get onion breath.
Mint is a great summer time favorite and it is especially good for your teeth. Many toothpaste and oral care companies use mint because it helps freshen breath and reduce plaque build up in the mouth. Mint can be used in your water or sprinkled over a morning dish of yogurt to help freshen your mouth.
Adding cinnamon to your diet is a great way to regulate your metabolism. Cinnamon is also a breath neutralizer so eating it can help you freshen your breather. There are many summertime foods that are good for your teeth. For more options visit your dentist for a complete review.
Next time you shop for fresh food, think about your beautiful smile and treating it well. Summer time food can help you smile bright.
For more information on how to make the most out of your health visit Doctor Gregory A. Williams, a Dentist in Tigard, OR. Shannon Kaiser writes about health for the Portland Oregon health community.
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