10 Little Known Superfoods Shockingly Good for Your Smile

Your body’s health is only as good as the health of your teeth, mouth and gums. Why you ask? Increasing research points out that diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease are closely linked to oral inflammation. Improve your overall health by keeping teeth strong, white and healthy the natural way by consuming superfoods. Jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, superfoods are natural, nutrient-rich foods that are essential for your body’s health. Consuming these tasty foods may help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases, prolong your life, and support a healthy weight.

When planning meals, incorporate these shockingly good superfoods that benefit your overall and oral health:

Green Tea Superfood for Oral Health, teeth, gumsGreen Tea – Known for its healing powers, green tea contains flavonoids and antioxidants that have numerous health benefits including controlling inflammation and reducing mouth bacteria that causes cavities and bad breath.

strawberries for oral healthStrawberries – These sweet berries can help reduce tartar and its antioxidant properties help fight against certain types of cancer. As a bonus, strawberries contain a natural astringent and Vitamin C making them a natural teeth whitener.

 

kiwi - superfood for oral healthKiwi – With more Vitamin C than any other fruit, Kiwis pack a stain-fighting, teeth-whitening punch in a small package. Tip: cut a kiwi in half and use a spoon to scoop out its luscious fruit.

 

pineapple superfood for oral healthPineapple – This tropical fruit is loaded with fiber to help with digestion and Vitamin C to boost your immune system and fight disease-causing inflammation.

 

lemongrass superfood for oral healthLemongrass – Widely used as a natural healing substance, lemongrass offers cancer-fighting antioxidants and bacteria fighting properties. Chewing on the stalks of lemongrass can be a great alternative when you don’t have a toothbrush handy.

 

kale superfood for oral healthKale – This enzyme-rich fibrous food helps stimulate digestion, and acts as Mother Nature’s toothbrush to mouth and gums, removing food remnants from in between teeth that may lead to decay and cavities.

mint superfood for oral healthMint – Chewing mint leaves can help to reduce bad breath. In addition, chewing mint produces a transparent film that helps protect teeth from stains.

 

basil superfood for oral healthBasil – The antimicrobial properties of this zesty herb commonly used in Italian dishes helps fight cavity-causing bacteria and inflammation in the mouth.

 

ginger superfood for oral healthGinger – Used frequently in Asian cooking, ginger is a soothing root herb with anti-inflammatory properties that helps ease digestion, boost metabolism and promote healthy mouth tissue.

 

chocolate superfood for oral healthChocolate ­– Yes, chocolate! Cocoa and chocolate also contain antioxidant flavonoids that are beneficial to your overall and oral health.

 

Looking for ideas on how to prepare superfoods in your kitchen?
Download our free e-booklet, Recipes for Healthy Smiles for recipes containing these and other superfoods that help you be the best you can be.

 

For more information on how superfoods can improve your overall and oral health, contact us to schedule a consultation.

 

Sources:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306775,00.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16373990
http://www.aacd.com/smilebar‎
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/antioxidants.html‎
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92774/
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/health-by-chocolate