Foods that are good for your smile!
I don’t know about anyone else but I enjoy eating. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I make any excuse just to have a snack. But sometimes, it’s about putting the right things in your body. When I feel the munchies coming on,
I eat and eat and eat I try to find things that can satisfy my taste buds but also nibbles that I won’t regret later on!
So what foods are good for me and my smile (in alphabetical order)!
Apples – Apples are a yummy way to produce saliva that helps you rinse away bacteria in the mouth. Not only is it high in fibre with lots of vitamin C, it’s got a high water content that will support the elimination of unwanted bad breath.
Carrots – Carrots are a wonderful snack that’s full of not only Vitamin A but also helps reduce cavities with each crunchy bite. It increases our saliva production and is full of fibre-goodness.
Celery – Yes, celery is our friend! Not only a yummy fresh snack with homemade dips, celery is a great tool to scrape food particles and bacteria away from our teeth. It is loaded with Vitamin A and C which is a pal for our gums!
Cheese – Based on the General Dentistry Magazine (May/June 2013 issue), eating cheese helps to escalate the PH of our mouth. This means the risk of tooth decay is greatly reduced! The whey protein in cheese has been proven to reduce the loss of minerals in our teeth. Cheese and crackers anyone?
Dairy – Dairy is an important substance in our growth, from infants to adults. Not only does it do wonders for our bones, but it is so important for our teeth. Filled with calcium, dairy helps to fight decay and replenishes the minerals that we lose from bacterial acid.
Greens – Leafy greens requires a lot of chewing that not only assists in scrubbing our teeth but is low in calories keeping our smile and body happy and healthy!
Nuts – Nuts are a tasty treat that are a great source of protein and calcium that help strengthen your pearly whites (feel free to go nuts!).
Strawberries – Strawberries are a super delicious treat that contains malic acid, a component that aids in whitening our enamel. We must advise not to overdo it or use it as a home remedy method as strawberries are also quite acidic.
The moral of the story is to eat right, look after your mind, body and smile! You should put yourself first and be wary of what you allow yourself to consume. Think of your mouth as the security guard at a raging club. Alcohol, sugar, soda and fried chips want to come in. They’re your friends and you know you’ll have lots of fun but you also know that if your boss catches you letting them in for free, you’ll get in trouble. The best thing to do is to turn them down, focus on your job and see them every so often when you celebrate an occasion. There’s no shame in indulging here and there. When you do, you will gain so much more gratification! Trust me – the future you will thank you!
By Intan Lay.