Around Dr. Dental, we all tend to have a slight affinity for superheroes. In fact, if you follow our Facebook page, which you totally should be by the way, you’ll often see references to super heroes. Sure, you can tell us they’re not really people but we’ll just look at you with a blank stare and say “don’t spoil it for the little kid still inside of me!” So whether super heroes exist is debatable, but one thing we DO know is that there are some foods we’d like to classify as superhero foods that will help you get closer to that healthy mouth you desire.
First up in our superhero team is yogurt. Research has found that six ounces of plan, sugar-free yogurt a day might help knock out, (Ka-bam!) germs that are hiding between teeth. Yogurt’s secret ingredient, or power as we’d call it, is good bacteria which helps fight, (Boom!) the bad bacteria which causes cavities.
Our next superhero food is a little smelly at times, but has a long list of additional reasons to eat it for overall optimal health. As a hint, we’d like you to start singing “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid; go ahead, sing it louder. Yes, we’re talking about seafood. Redbook recently reported that Harvard scientists have linked omega-3 fatty acids in fish with lower rates of gum disease. So take that gum disease (Zap!). The thinking behind this is that the omega-3 fats reduce the inflammation caused by gum disease.
Third in our arsenal of superhero foods for a healthy mouth are fiber-rich fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods stimulate saliva which helps fight bacteria with super power packing antimicrobials. (Zonk!) Crunchy fruits and vegetables also have the additional power of helping massage and improve circulation in your gums because they require more chewing.
And lastly, let us introduce you to the most powerful superhero on our team. This superhero does the most to fight for your oral health long team. It’s the lean, mean, strong bone building…MILK! Downing a glass of milk with give you calcium and vitamin D which are important for building strong teeth. You can get these same nutrients from one of Milk’s grandkids, cheese. There’s even evidence that eating cheddar, gouda, feta, or any cheese will help neutralize the acids that strip away your tooth enamel. It’s like their super strong shield of protection they use to fight off acidic foods! (Pow!)
Well, now that we’ve introduced you to the lineup of our Superhero Foods for a Healthy Mouth…go and eat them. Go on, you can do it. See….YUMMY