by Dr. Kellee Stanton
Proper diet and nutrition play a key role in tooth development, gum tissue integrity, and the prevention of cavities and diseases in the mouth. However, modern diets that consist of heavy amounts of carbohydrates work against healthy teeth and gums. Simple carbohydrates such as crackers, cookies and snacks quickly break down into bacteria-laden, cavity-causing substances. Yuck!
For better oral health, replace some of the simple carbohydrates in your diet with foods that provide vital nutrients, inhibit cavity formation, or do not contribute to tooth decay. These diet choices, also known as cariostatic foods, include most vegetables, eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and sugarless gum.
In the summer, fruits and vegetables are particularly in abundance. In Minnesota we sometimes have a late harvest, but it’s worth the wait! Around this time of year, you’ll find plenty of fresh produce at your local farmers market:
- Blueberries / Blackberries
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Winter squash
- Bok Choy
- Bean sprouts
- Collard greens
- Sweet Potatoes
With your fresh produce try this delicious and healthy recipe:
KALEBERRY ‘SMILE BOOSTER’ SMOOTHIE*
(“Recipes for a Healthier Smile”, pg. 8-9)
Kale has cariostatic, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins, and cancer-preventive nutrients (glucosinolates). Kale, or chard, is high in minerals that support tooth structure.
8 oz brewed green tea (plain, chilled)
4 ice cubes
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen strawberries
4 kale leaves
¼ cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon xylitol (available in health food stores, or online)
Directions: Brew green tea and chill. Add ice, green tea, Greek yogurt, and kale in a blender. Mix until no large pieces of kale are visible. Add other ingredients. Blend until all are well combined. Servings: 16-ounce, or two 8-oz servings
See a video of Dr. Stanton creating this tasty, smile happy treat!
For more healthy recipes download the complete “Recipes for a Healthier Smile” booklet at www.georgedentalgroup.com or call 651-287-3729.