If you’re one of many millions of people trying to shed a few pounds after the festive period, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the latest news, us Brits spend a staggering £2.8 billion on trying to get healthy. So if you are looking to eat healthier then it’s good to know that there are certain foods which are not only good for your body, but also great for
your teeth. Let’s take a closer look.
Love then or hate them, the fact is that if you consult any type of healthy eating list, it’s likely that Spinach, Kale will be there. While they’re packed with vitamins and minerals and are low in calories, did you know that they’re also high in calcium – known for strengthening teeth enamel – and, high in folic acid – a vitamin B type that can help to treat gum disease?
If you just can’t face the thought of devouring them ‘as is’ – why not consider throwing a handful of succulent baby spinach leaves on your next salad, or strategically placing some kale on the top of your next pizza? Alternatively, how about adding some greenery to a smoothie. It’s not as bad as you might think!
According to the saying – ‘ an apple a day keeps the doctor away’
but did you also know that eating this crisp fruit can help your teeth? Of course, they do contain natural sugars and acid, but they’re also packed with nutrients, vitamins and fibres so the good far outweighs the bad, as far as your teeth are concerned anyway. The fibrous content of apples for
example, acts as a scrubbing brush that cleans teeth, but in addition they stimulate saliva – the body’s natural plaque protector. As a suggestion, if you’re at work and you don’t have access to a toothbrush then why not pack a few slices of apple into a lunch box to help keep your mouth clean after a meal.
Just like apples, carrots in their raw state are both crunchy and full of fibre. If the only kind ofcarrots you eat are those found in a carrot cake, then how about slicing them up into batons and serving them with a nice healthy dip of your choice. Alternatively, they’re the perfect accompaniment to stir-fries, especially when still crunchy, or how about grating them and adding them to a salad. Not only will they pep up the colour of your greenery, you’ll feel better for it too!
Celery gets a bad rap for being a little bland, but just like apples and carrots, the fibrous makeup of a stick of celery can do wonders for your teeth. This is in addition to being a good source of Vitamin A and C
Like many fatty or oily fish, salmon is a great source of vitamin D. This is vital in any diet for boosting mineral density, but in addition it helps absorb, carry and deposit calcium to various parts of your body including your teeth.
Who doesn’t like almonds? They’re rich in proteins and calcium while being low in natural sugar. If you do find almonds a little dry on their own, then how about throwing a handful of sliced almonds into a salad or stir fry. Alternatively try roasting them to intensify the flavour and adding them to couscous. Either way, your overall health and teeth will thank you for it!
Remember your diet makes a real difference to a healthy smile, so when it comes to your teeth, you really are what you eat!
If you feel it’s about time you had a dental check-up, or you have a lingering tooth problem that needs checking out, then come and talk to the team here at 44 Dental. Call today for an appointment
on 0116 251 9647