During the summer, many of you are taking advantage of the gorgeous weather by planning picnics. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy family and friends, good weather, and tasty food. In order to protect your oral health, making the right nutritional choices is essential. We’re sharing a few foods to pack your next summer picnic:
Nothing says summer like watermelon! Not only is this cool treat good tasting, but it’s also great for your teeth. Because it’s mostly water, it helps wash away bacteria from your mouth. Plus, it’s a fibrous fruit that scrubs away plaque that can build up on your teeth.
If you like onions on your burger, you’re in for a nice surprise. The reason is that onions are incredibly good for your teeth. It contains antibacterial compounds that kill bacteria on your teeth.
- Leafy Greens
A tossed green salad is a great way to make a picnic healthy. Mix yours with spinach and kale to fortify your tooth enamel to strengthen it against bacteria. Sprinkle in some seeds to give your salad a salty crunch and the added benefit of protein.
- Lean Meats
Most of us think of burgers made of beef when we think of grilling at a picnic. However, if you and your picnic-mates are open-minded, consider a lean protein like chicken or turkey. They are healthy proteins that strengthen and protect your tooth enamel.
Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium that strengthen your teeth. It also is a saliva-producing food that helps wash away bacteria. So, top your burgers with cheese. Or create a delectable cheese board for you all to enjoy.
Protect your oral health at your next summer picnic. Don’t forget to schedule a checkup after to make sure your smile is at its healthiest. Call Andover Smiles today at 978-396-3935 to visit us in North Andover, MA. You can also request an appointment online.