Gingivitis, often the initial stage of gum disease, is a common but often overlooked oral health concern.
Healthy Recipes for Healthy Teeth and Gums
The teeth and gums mirror whats going on in the rest of your body. Therefore what you consume
influences the smile of your teeth- Dr. Shawn Frawley in an e-booklet by the American Academy
of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Here are some foods and tooth friendly recipes for preparing them-
Pineapples can help in whitening teeth naturally because they contain BROMELAIN which is a
natural stain remover. Bromelain eats away the plaque thus making the mouth healthy since plaque
damages the tooth’s enamel and causes cavity or decay. Pineapple also increases the saliva and
therefore it is the ultimate cleaning food.
So have a beautiful smile, keep your teeth bright and start your day with ‘Pineapple Oatmeal’
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup rolled oats
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup pineapple, chopped
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raisins
- shredded coconut
In a saucepan combine the milk, water, salt, oats and pineapple. Turn heat to medium and stir
occasionally until mixture comes almost to a boil and most of the liquid is absorbed, which takes
about 5 to 7 minutes. When the oats are done, stir in brown sugar, vanilla extract, and raisins. Pour
oats into a bowl. Top with shredded coconut.
According to WebMD, fish is beneficial to dental health because it contains Omega-3-Fatty Acids.
Anthony. M. Lacopino DMD, PhD stated “People who consume diets high in Omega-3s are more
resistant to inflammation and infection. We also think they may be more resistant to gum disease”
Gum disease is considered one of the biggest threats to dental health because it causes inflammation
which damages the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone. If we are able to reduce the
inflammation, we are also able to reduce the threat of gum disease.
So let’s fight gum inflammation by cooking ‘Salmon with Mango Kiwi Relish’
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
- Cooking spray
- ½ cup diced peeled mango
- ½ cup cubed peeled kiwifruit
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
To prepare salmon, combine the first four ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add fish to bag;
seal. Marinate for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. While fish marinates, heat grill pan or large
nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove fish from bag, discarding marinade. Coat pan with
cooking spray. Add fish and cook 5 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily when tested
with a fork. While fish cooks, prepare the relish. Combine mango and the remaining ingredients.
Serve over fish.