Healthy Summer Foods for Your Dental Health
Summer is the season during which you can enjoy plenty of sunshine and relax on the beach. It is also the time of year when you can enjoy a large variety of fruits and vegetables. They are not only synonymous with the hottest season, but also perfectly healthy for your teeth and gums.
Here is a list of extremely tasty yet healthy foods that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Just as their name suggests, watermelons have extremely high water content. In fact, a watermelon contains about 91% water and only 6% sugar. This is very important because the water dilutes the effects of natural sugar and stimulates production of saliva. It is a good source of vitamin C and is low in fat and sodium. It also contains lycopene that protects your skin.
Tomatoes are actually berry fruits, although they are treated as vegetables for culinary purposes. They are very low in sugar, which is why they don’t taste as sweet as other fruit. They are high in lycopene and crucial antioxidants such as vitamin C (which is essential to dental health) and vitamin A.
The delicious flesh of this fruit gets its red hue from anthocyanin, which is a compound that can reduce pain, inflammation, diabetes and heart disease. Cherries are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, which promotes cell growth.
Celery is widely regarded as one of the world’s healthiest foods as it is rich in vitamin C and provides anti-inflammatory support. It also increases production of saliva and helps clean your teeth and gums. Celery is a crunchy vegetable high in fiber. It is a low-calorie vegetable.
Not an obvious choice because of their strong flavor, which tends to linger in the mouth long after they are eaten. However, this strongly aromatic vegetable is very good for the teeth and gums as it helps kill bacteria which can cause tooth decay and, ironically, bad breath.
Strawberries are by far the most popular healthy seasonal berry. Not only are they absolutely delectable, but they also have beneficial health effects. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and good source of manganese. They also provide several other vitamins and dietary minerals. Strawberries contain a compound called malic acid, which is actually a natural tooth whitener.
Sweet corn is rich in many nutrients, which are very important for dental health. These include fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, thiamine and vitamin C. In order to get most out of this nutritional boost, it is best to eat the corn roasted, boiled or barbequed. Naturally, if you eat corn directly from the cob, bits of food will most likely get wedged between your teeth. You can remedy this by flossing which will prevent dental plaque.
Just as you should treat yourself to all the pleasures of summer such as relaxing in the sunshine and swimming in the sea, you should also treat your teeth and gums to some delicious yet healthy foods. Your mouth will thank you!