Like other people, you enjoy a good salad from time to time. You know a salad can help you lose weight, but did you know that a salad can enhance your family's oral health, too? The following is a simple and tooth-friendly salad to try when you feel like having something light:
Secrets Behind The Tooth-Friendly Salad
This recipe calls for apples and strawberries. You want fresh strawberries and apples because of their high malic acid content. Malic acid helps deteriorate the biofilm that bacteria and stains use to bind themselves to your teeth. That means you will protect yourself against stained teeth and plaque.
You should remember that strawberries also contain a good amount of vitamin C. Your body uses vitamin C to make collagen. Collagen happens to be the main component of your gums, which means you will be better protected against periodontal disease.
Your salad will also use crumbled almonds. Almonds contain high amounts of calcium and are abrasive. The abrasive nature of almonds should help scrape off any food particles and plaque from your teeth. And the calcium should help remineralize your teeth, making your enamel stronger and ready to fend off bacterial attacks.
The salad also calls for grated cheese, but the kind of cheese that you use is up to you. The only prerequisite that your cheese needs to fill is that it is aged.
You can use cheeses like provolone or gauda. Aged cheese contains vitamin K2, which is sometimes called activator X. This active ingredient helps your body seek out calcium deficient areas in your body, like your teeth. This is especially important if your teeth have cavities. Your body will be able to identify this dental damage and begin to rectify it.
Remember that these ingredients are meant to strengthen your teeth, not replace your regular dental visits. Although they can make your visit go smoother.
The Nutty and Fruity Dental-Friendly Salad
- 1 apple (sliced into small cubes)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Handful of chopped lettuce
- 3 to 5 crownless and chopped strawberries
- 1 carrot (peeled)
- Your favorite salad dressing
- ¼ a cup of grated aged cheese (your choice of aged cheese like gouda or provolone)
- 1 small and chopped tomato
- ¼ a cup of crushed almonds
- Mix your apples, strawberries, lettuce, tomato and almonds together.
- Drizzle your coconut oil and salad dressing.
- Top off your salad with your cheese.
That is all you need to do to make a tooth-friendly salad that is sure to delight you and your family. To learn more, contact a company like Kids First Pediatric Dentistry with any questions you have.