Foods for a Healthier Smile

February 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Features

Your dentist can provide a list of foods to steer clear of if you’re looking to avoid cavities, staining and enamel loss. But did you know there are certain foods you can eat that will actually help keep your mouth healthy?
Nutritionist Karen Krchma and Dr. Shawn Frawley, along with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) have developed recipes incorporating foods that benefit oral health in a free “Recipes for a Healthier Smile” e-booklet. Use these food tips and try a delicious recipe from these experts to ensure you receive a healthy report during your next trip to the dentist.

For healthy gums
Wild salmon: Omega 3 reduces inflammation
Basil: Natural antibiotic, reduces mouth bacteria

To prevent enamel loss
Quinoa: Calcium-rich, good for bones and teeth
Onions: Sulfur compounds may kill streptococcus bacteria
that can cause tooth decay
Broccoli: Iron may create a protective barrier, shielding teeth
from acidic foods and drinks

For white teeth
Pineapple and vitamin C-rich foods: Act as natural
“whiteners”

To avoid cavities and plaque
Shiitake mushrooms: Prevent oral bacteria from creating
dental plaque

For a complete list of recommended foods for oral health,
and to download a free copy of the recipe e-booklet, visit
www.aacd.com/smilerecipes.

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