3 Teeth-Friendly Recipes for Your Family

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Healthy teeth are crucial, there is no denying that, and the sooner you start with proper dental care, the better. However, many products once deemed acceptable for oral health have been proven with the advancement of science to actually dematerialize the health of teeth. Surely this does not necessarily make this food bad or to be avoided, but it does emphasize the importance of remaining aware and consuming these items in moderation. On the contrary, foods once thought to be harmful to teeth are actually immensely beneficial, including strawberries, crunchy food, and those once thought to be highly acidic. Oral hygiene is all about finding a healthy balance, specifically in households with picky children, a factor that further strains the importance of finding delicious recipes perfect for your teeth.

1. Greens-Stuffed Chicken

Spinach, kale, and arugula are all high in calcium, a nutrient that strengthens teeth. Additionally, they contain high amounts of the B vitamin and phosphorus, which have both been proven to ward off gum disease. Granted, children might not be particularly fond of leafy greens, but hiding them in a lean chicken breast is ideal in improving their teeth health and obtaining other essential nutrients for their growth. Chicken meat also contains phosphorous and enamel-boosting proteins. Consider this dinnertime favorite, spinach stuffed chicken breasts:

Ingredients:

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts (opt for organically farmed, if possible)
  • one head of spinach, chopped
  • one cup of mozzarella cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil to bake
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice each chicken breast in half, but keep attached on one side like a pocket.
  2. Place the raw spinach and cheese inside each piece; fold over and use a toothpick or sewing tread to keep the stuffed pocket closed.
  3. Place all stuffed breasts in a pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper over each piece.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F until fully cooked.

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2. Cheese and Fruit

Many types of cheeses have a sweet taste for children to enjoy, while packed with essential calcium. Brie is a type of cheese often used in desserts and is unstoppable when paired with strawberries, a fruit full of malic acid that lifts tooth stains. Serve these strawberry and brie bites as a healthy snack for the whole family:

Ingredients:

  • washed whole strawberries
  • one small wheel of brie cheese
  • balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Slice the brie into small cubes, place on a cooking pan, and warm gently in a 350-degree oven for five minutes.
  2. Allow to cool briefly, place the strawberry on top, insert a toothpick through the center, and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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3. Almond Milk

Almonds are full of protein and calcium and can actually be turned into milk by using water and vanilla bean. All you have to do is soak raw almonds in water with a pinch of see salt for minimum of twelve hours (up to two days). Then rinse the nuts and dry them in the oven. Next, blend the almonds with water; and strain the mixture. Blend the remnants with fresh vanilla to have the perfect, tooth-friendly beverage that is absolutely delicious. Refrigerate to keep your almond milk fresh.

Ingredients:

  • one cup raw almonds
  • 3.5 cups filtered water
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • small pinch fine sea salt

Eating healthy not only benefits the body as a whole, but your teeth as well. Children have a bad reputation when it comes to helping out in the kitchen, but these recipes are simple, tasty, and kid-friendly. As always, remaining mindful of the right foods and the less than favorable ones is salient. Should you have any questions about which foods are good for your teeth, visit a dentist such as Advanced Dentistry of St. Charles for more information.

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