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15 Ingredients To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Bright

Did you know that certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth as you eat them? Since oral health can be greatly affected by nutrition, Dr. Bryan Sorgen promotes the need for these 15 fruits, vegetables, and grains in your diet!  Not only do they defend against bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums, but they also protect the enamel of your teeth.

  • Basil – a natural antibiotic, reduces bacteria in the mouth.
  • Broccoli – forms an acid-resistant film on the teeth that can help prevent enamel erosion.
  • Carrots – full of Vitamin A which is essential for tooth enamel formation.
  • Cheese – offers the benefit of lactic acid to help prevent tooth decay.
  • Celery – activates saliva production which assists in cleansing food particles from the teeth and dilutes sugars or acids in the mouth; chewing celery also massages the gums.
  • Ginger – an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue.
  • Green Tea – contains an antioxidant called catechin which reduces bacteria growth that causes gingivitis.
  • Kale or Chard – high in minerals that support tooth structure.
  • Onions – contain Sulphur compounds and reduce certain bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  • Quinoa – a super grain with a load of minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese and Phosphorus to strengthen teeth.
  • Sea Salt – offers a blend of minerals needed to mineralize and strengthen teeth; Himalayan and Celtic offer the most benefit.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms – contain a sugar called Lentinan which prevents mouth bacteria from growing.
  • Stevia – a natural sweetener that does not have an “acid effect” on your teeth like sugar.
  • Strawberries – great “scrubbers,” high in fiber and Vitamin C which are great for gum health.
  • Xylitol – a sugar substitute that studies show prevents tooth decay. It is very beneficial in both gum and mint form.

Not sure how to incorporate these ingredients into your diet?  Smoothies are always an excellent option!  The entire team at Sorgen Dentistry loves the Kaleberry Smile-Booster Smoothie, and recommends it to you, too!  It is packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins, and even glucosinolates (a cancer-preventative nutrient).

Kaleberry Smile-Booster Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 Serving:

  • 8 oz. brewed green tea (chilled)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 4 ice cubes
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. xylitol (available at most health food stores)

Directions:

Brew green tea, steep for five minutes, and chill.  Add chilled green tea, Greek yogurt, kale and ice to a blender and blend until kale is pulverized.  Add remaining fruit, and xylitol if you desire, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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    Dr. Bryan Sorgen was raised in Kingwood, Texas. After graduating from Kingwood High School, he attended Louisiana State University where he majored in finance and earned his B.S. in 2004. He later completed his dental education at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston in 2011. Dr. Sorgen is a current member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Spear Study Club, the Metro Study Club, and the Oklahoma ...
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