Cooked vegetables are a fantastic go-to meal when you’re trying to eat more produce in autumn. Not sure how to include more veggies in your diet? Here are three excellent ingredients that provide a satisfying meal and healthy teeth:
Leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium and folic acid, which are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Black beans and cheese are also high in calcium and contain phosphorus, both of which are building blocks for your teeth’s enamel.
Sweet potatoes keep teeth healthy in a few different ways. Their texture makes them a natural abrasive that gently scrubs the surface of teeth. They are also rich in vitamin A and other antioxidants that fight inflammation and gum disease.
Try this recipe that brings together all three amazing ingredients:
Black Bean and Greens Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Slice potatoes and fill with bean and greens mixture. Top with cheese and enjoy!
We love that this dish is easy to make, delicious and great for your oral health. Enjoy!
While everyone is guilty of skipping an occasional check-up, men are more likely than women to put off going to the dentist.
Some men are even more susceptible to dental problems and should take extra care in monitoring their teeth and gums. If you take medications that cause dry-mouth, or use tobacco, be especially diligent about visiting the dentist regularly, as these lifestyle habits put you at greater risk for oral health problems. Additionally, if you notice bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, you may need more regular checkups.
Men who participate in sports have a greater chance for trauma to the mouth. When playing contact sports, such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball or baseball, it is important to use a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a flexible appliance made of plastic that protects teeth during impact.
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