The Best Foods for Your Smile (And Other Parts)
Many organizations recognize June as National Smile Month, though research will tell you that it’s mainly observed between May 13 and June 13. Since we still have a few days left to observe (or longer, if you prefer to complete a calendar month), it’s a good time to consider which foods are best to help keep a lasting, beautiful smile.
When we talk about weight loss and weight management, we may not always think about our teeth. Yet, eating right plays a large role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; therefore, oral health should be a part of the conversation. What we put in our bodies goes through our mouths first, so it makes sense that we should consider foods that help keep our teeth strong. When you get the urge to snack, you may wish to reach for these treats:
Almonds: Trail mixes may satisfy the need to crunch, but almonds on their own are quite beneficial. They are a good source of protein and calcium, and have the added bonus of helping lower bad cholesterol.
Crunchy Vegetables: In particular, carrots and celery are good choices for helping polish your smile. Both can activate your saliva as you eat, which in turn won’t dry out your mouth. Carrots and celery are also low in calories, a better snack alternative than bagged chips or processed foods.
Cranberries: The polyphenols in this tart fruit can help reduce the risk of cavities. Additionally, they are good for lowering bad cholesterol and helping prevent urinary infections. Be mindful of cranberry byproducts, though, as they may include added sugar.
Yogurt: Many recommend yogurt for its digestive benefits. Yogurt is a good source of Vitamin D and calcium, both necessary for strong teeth. Don’t forget to check nutrition labels as you shop.
Optimal oral health is part of any person’s weight loss and management. The care you give to your teeth can resonate throughout your body. If you have questions about where to start on your journey, contact us.