There are few beverages as refreshing as a cold well-blended smoothie. It’s a great way to get all of your vitamins and minerals in a single beverage, including your leafy greens which blend in perfectly with the strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, bananas, and anything you can think of!
However, some fruits are specifically better for teeth, especially if they contain calcium. To help make your next smoothie a good supplement for healthy teeth and gums, consider using one of these next recipes from your dentist in The Woodlands!
Green Mint Smoothie
Even though this smoothie contains veggies, it’s still a great way to quench your thirst after a long summer day. Thanks to the kale, this smoothie is rich in calcium and vitamin B. Calcium helps strengthen your teeth, while vitamin B helps you prevent gingivitis and periodontitis by promoting healthy gums! It also uses coconut milk, which can help reduce the occurrence of mouth ulcers.
In it you’ll find:
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 2 cups of packed kale
- 2 tbsp of chopped mint
- ½ cup of apple juice
- ½ tbsp of cocoa powder
Strawberry and Watermelon Smoothie
When it comes to promoting oral health, it’s essential that you have a diet high in vitamin C. This smoothie contains watermelon and strawberries, both of which prevent cell damage and help you reduce gum degeneration. Vitamin C also helps the body produce collagen, which is a key protein that helps the gums maintain strength and integrity.
Instead of using coconut milk, this smoothie uses Greek yogurt as its liquid base. Greek yogurt is a great protein and contains large amounts of calcium, as well as casein, which helps you maintain healthy tooth enamel.
Inside, you’ll find:
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 2 cups of fresh cubed watermelon with the seeds removed
- 1 banana chopped and frozen
- ¾ cup of unsweet, plain, and nonfat Greek yogurt
Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie
The simplest of the recipes still uses yogurt and bananas as previously mentioned, but instead incorporates a fruit high in protein, calcium, and a little-known element known as manganese. Manganese plays a large role in the growth of and strength of bones and teeth, so introducing blueberries to your smoothie will do your mouth a big favor.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
All recipes are made by combining all food items into a blender, followed by the liquids on top. This just makes it easier to prevent splattering. Once added, blend them on high speed until smooth, then add to glasses and serve.
Excited to tell your dentist how making the recipe was? Schedule an appointment with him today to tell him, as well as learn which foods are good and not good for your oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Johnny Taylor earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at San Antonio. He also continues his education through the Pankey Study Club to hone his skills and stay updated on the latest technology and techniques in the dental industry. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.