When it comes to feeding your teeth — that is, eating the best foods for optimal dental and oral health — you’re going to need to load up on the following: vitamin D, calcium, vitamin A, and phosphorous. These micronutrients (among others!) contribute to a healthier, stronger smile.The American Dental Association recommends lots of water, dairy (if you’re able to tolerate it) and lean proteins, fruits and veggies, and nuts — so essentially, just a lean and healthy diet! The organization also emphasizes variety; it’s about getting nutrients from food, if possible, instead of relying on supplements.
After you whip up some of these smile-friendly recipes to boost your oral health, choose Pronamel Intensive Enamel Repair for stronger, better-protected pearly whites after you brush. Pronamel is the No. 1 dentist-recommended brand for strengthening and protecting enamel, and we’re pretty sure these tasty meals are going to be your No. 1 summertime go-tos!
Light Summer Meals That Your Teeth Will Love
Baked Salmon With Crispy Cabbage and Kale
Lean protein packed with phosphorus and accompanied by nutrient-dense cabbage — sign us up! This fresh, healthy, delicious meal makes an excellent summer dinner that’s waistline-friendly and great for oral health.
What says summer more than a fresh, juicy melon? Grab a cantaloupe or melon of your choice, and stuff it with some low-fat cottage cheese. A 2013 study suggests that cheese may help prevent cavities, and the high water content from the melon will help you keep a healthy smile.
Fennel and Celery Salad
Chewing through this fresh and light salad will cause your mouth to create more saliva, which is very good news for your smile (saliva can help wash acids from your teeth!). Plus, these veggies are super water-dense, meaning you’re following the ADA recommendation of eating and drinking more water for your oral health.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Whip up a crunchy, fresh carrot salad — it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals for your teeth (and body!), including vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. As with most salads, remember to take it easy on the dressing as it can be quite acidic.
Barbecuing is the ultimate summer cooking method, and this lean steak is full of vitamin B12. A 2012 study showed that deficiencies of vitamin B12 can lead to some unpleasant oral health symptoms — so get your grill on, and get that B12!
Don’t forget about brushing after all your summer cook-offs and barbeques! Pronamel helps strengthen and protect enamel against the effects of acid erosion from things we eat and drink (think: lemonade, sweet iced tea, citrus fruits) and helps to repair acid-weakened for strong teeth.