Recent studies have shown that what you eat can have both a positive and a negative impact on your oral health. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) wants to help uncover the smile secrets in your kitchen with an e-booklet entitled, Recipes for a Healthier Smile, featuring delicious new recipes using key ingredients to help keep your smile at its best.
The free e-booklet features breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and dessert recipes using fruits, vegetables and other ingredients experts have identified as “super-smile” foods. There are also tips on foods that can wreak havoc on your smile, such as soda, dark berries and dried fruit.
Dr. Shawn Frawley, AACD member and Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, is a gourmet cook who worked together with nutritionist and health coach Karen Krchma to create these healthy, easy-to-make recipes.
“The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile,” says Dr. Frawley. “That’s why it’s important to think carefully about making the right food choices.”
According to the AACD website, shitake mushrooms are one example of some super-smile foods that might surprise you. A study by the Paediatric Caries Research Foundation found that these mushrooms contain a sugar called Lentinan, which prevents mouth bacteria from growing.
Raw onions and wasabi, a Japanese version of horseradish, also contain substances which stop bacteria growth. Based on a 2010 lab-based study in The European Journal of Dentistry, the iron in broccoli may help form an acid-resistant film on teeth. After exposure to an acid-based drink like cola, enamel erodes half as quickly as it does when exposed to broccoli.
“To have a great smile, a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods will be your best ally,” says nutritionist Krchma. “This booklet provides a variety of wholesome and tasty recipes with healthful ingredients that will build and strengthen your teeth and gums.”
More About the AACD
The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics and function.
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