Summer ushers in a season full of fresh produce. The fruits and vegetables available throughout the next few months are packed with nutrients, which means there are lots of opportunities to work on your oral health. When dining alfresco this summer, try and incorporate some of these fruits and vegetables at the beach, pool, and in your own backyard.
Blueberries. A summer favorite, blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants that fight free radicals. The berry is also packed with vitamin C, which is excellent for oral health. It is necessary for keeping the ligaments that connect the gums to teeth and the bones strong. Blueberries are a bit acidic so make sure you rinse with water after eating them, and wait a bit before brushing your teeth. Acidic foods can weaken enamel, and brushing too soon can lead to greater enamel damage.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes are bountiful in the summer months. The various varieties,including the very popular heirlooms, are jam packed with vitamin C and also have lycopene, which is thought to be good for the skin and have important antioxidant properties. As healthy as tomatoes are, they are very acidic so make sure to follow acidic food protocol of drinking water and waiting to brush your teeth.
Watermelon. Like tomatoes, a slice of watermelon offers a nice size serving of both vitamin C and lycopene. It contains a lot of water and is also an excellent way to stay hydrated this summer. Remember, just as our bodies need hydration, our gums need it too.
Corn. Corn is one of summer's true delights and is any easy way to get in a serving of vegetables. It's important to make sure you floss after eating as pieces can get stuck in between teeth, and food particles left behind can not only be uncomfortable, but can increase the likelihood of plaque buildup. The greater the buildup of plaque in your mouth, the increased chances of dental decay.
Strawberries. There is nothing like a fresh bowl of strawberries in the summer. They are great for oral health as they are full of mouth healthy vitamin C. As with blueberries and tomatoes, strawberries are acidic so make sure to rinse and wait to brush.