The science of food and proper nutrition to help our bodies fight off illness, speed up the recovery process, and slow the effects of aging is accepted virtually worldwide. There’s also a clear correlation between eating intelligently and having a healthy set of teeth just as poor eating habits can have a devastating effect on someone’s oral health.
Long Island cosmetic dentists Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot see the effects of poor or careless diets on a patient’s oral health every day. Stained teeth, tooth decay, bacterial infection, and gum disease can often be traced to overindulging in the wrong foods—sodas, candy, red wine, or too much sugar are common causes of stained enamel and tooth decay.
A forward thinking nutritionist, Karen Krchma has coauthored a free guide/cookbook called Recipes for a Healthier Smile along with Dr. Shawn Frawley, DDS, an AACD dentist from Beverly Hills. Ms. Krchma is a fervent believer in the restorative power of proper nutrition and says, “Our bodies can only be as healthy as the food we give it.”
Dr. Frawley says he sees every day the indelible link between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. “Because there is a scientific connection between heart disease, diabetes and periodontal disease, we can all do a lot more to prevent disease with better nutrition,” says Dr. Frawley.
The guidebook is thoughtfully broken down into creative appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, salads and desserts. Ms. Krchma and Dr. Frawley’s passion for good food is obvious as are their cooking chops. The restorative powers of the specific ingredients are clearly noted in sidebars in the guidebook.
Here are a few examples:
Start with a hot and sweet fruit salsa appetizer made with kiwi, strawberries, apples, and onions with a kick of cayenne pepper and cilantro. The salsa is packed with Vitamin C and ingredients that whiten and scrub the teeth, massage the gums, and stimulate saliva to dilute sugars and acids.
A good crunchy chopped salad recipe can be modified with your favorite salad ingredients. Just keep the celery which will activate saliva production which in turn will allow food particles to wash away more easily. The celery will also massage the gums to stimulate circulation. This recipe teaches the value of onions which contain sulfur compounds that kill streptococcus bacteria, a common cause of tooth decay.
For main dishes, there is first a marinated wild salmon fillet with quinoa. The wild salmon is high in Omega-3 which reduces inflammation in the gums while the high calcium content in the quinoa helps to maintain tooth integrity. The quinoa is also high in fiber and protein and low in cholesterol.
A second main dish is shiitake mushroom chicken with millet. Already carrying the reputation of an immune system booster, shiitakes contain lentinan which studies have shown prevents oral bacteria from causing plaque.
A great sounding side dish with surprising power is the broccoli with wasabi sour cream sauce. If someone is a cola drinker, a little tooth enamel wears away quickly each time they drink one. If someone eats broccoli before drinking a coke, the iron in the broccoli forms a protective barrier over the tooth enamel cutting the cola’s corrosive power in half!
Finish up the meal with a light refreshing strawberry-lemon sorbet sweetened with stevia. Aside from topping off a good meal, the strawberries are packed with Vitamin C, which supports gum and tooth integrity and are also good tooth scrubbers. The lemon is essential for helping to maintain a proper ph balance in the body. Stevia is a natural sweetener with none of the corrosive effects of sugar.
Finally, make sure to check out the delightful recipes for make-your-own breakfast cereals and fantastic smoothies. By modifying your diet, you’ll be taking positive proactive steps to eat in a manner that is more suitable to a sustainable healthy life. If you want to get your nutrition plan back on track, get started the right way, or if you have some concerns about your oral health, contact Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at 631-296-0570 to arrange a free consultation
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