|Are Greens a Regular Part of Your Healthy Mouth Diet?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Mark Bieber
|When it comes to oral health – as well as overall health – we become what we eat. Diets with several acidic drinks, sugary foods, and empty calories will wreak havoc on our mouths and bodies. Alternately, nutrient-rich food and superfoods perform a variety of preventative and reactionary actions when digested and distributed across the body. This is especially the case with leafy vegetables, where it is common for the vegetable's leaves to be more nutrient-dense than the vegetable itself. Consider adding the leafy vegetables below to your diet to supercharge your oral and overall health.
Healthy Leafy Vegetables to Add to Your Diet
Raw kale is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and antioxidants such as lutein and beta-carotene; the nutrients in kale greatly support the body's immune system and help in managing the concentration of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Microgreens, often used as garnishes, contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Collard greens contain calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin C, and vitamin K, making them essential for teeth remineralization and counteracting the spread of harmful bacteria. Raw spinach contains vitamin A, vitamin K, and manganese, making it useful for teeth remineralization. Cabbage can be converted to sauerkraut, which boosts the immune system. Raw beet greens have potassium, calcium, riboflavin, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin K, which help restore enamel and remove bacteria from teeth. Swiss chard leaves have potassium, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and syringic acid; these chemicals boost teeth health, the immune system, and the regulation of blood sugar levels. Endive contains vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and kaempferol, making it useful against inflammation. And turnip greens are rich in calcium, manganese, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and several antioxidants, all of which promote good oral health and overall body health.
If you're interested in improving your diet for your oral and overall health, contact our office for a consultation. Our team will be able to propose dietary recommendations that will meet your health needs.