You know that these greens are good for your health, but did you know that they are also good for your teeth?
Greens in this family include kale, collard greens, broccoli, mustard greens and, of course, cabbage. These greens are high in nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, potassium, B6, and magnesium (just to name a few). Vitamin C aids in helping your teeth and gums to repair and maintain health. Calcium is an essential building block for healthy teeth, helping to keep your teeth's enamel strong. Greens from the cabbage family also contain phytochemicals, which can help to combat cancers, including oral cancer.
While all lettuces contain essential nutrients, the darker the leaves, the higher the nutrient content. All lettuces (iceberg, bibb, romaine, red/green leaf) have chlorophyll, which is a great antiseptic and antibiotic, and vitamin K, which works in conjunction with vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium and build strong teeth and bones.
Spinach, beet greens and chard, all members of the amaranth family of greens, are high in chlorophyll (they are very dark), vitamins K and C, along with carotene, folate and magnesium. Carotenes help to build strong teeth and are also known to aid in cancer prevention. Folate is important for connective tissues and immunity. Lower levels of folate have also been connected to gum disease. And magnesium plays a role in aiding your body to absorb calcium, which helps to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
How to Enjoy Spring Greens
There's no end to how you can enjoy spring greens. You can simply eat them raw in salads (make sure to wash them first). You can sautée them with a little olive oil and fresh garlic.
Or, if greens really aren't your thing, toss a handful into your morning smoothie, rounding out the nutrients in your favorite mix.
Spring is right around the corner. Make the most of it and take advantage of all the spring greens. Your teeth and gums will be sure to thank you.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.