No better way to start the day than a breakfast that will fuel an efficient day that is also tooth-friendly. It is important to remember that the foods we choose influence our overall health and our oral health, so its best to choose a diet that will energize your body while also making your smile sparkle and shine. As the first meal of the day, a breakfast full of vitamins and nutrients to keep your bones, organs and teeth healthy is the recipe for success. Here are four tips to tailor your breakfast choices for oral and overall health.
1. Choose a smart cereal
While many of us love cereal, not all cereals are created equal and many have more sugar than they are worth if you’re looking for a smart start. Make sure to choose a whole grain cereal low in sugar, and check the labels to avoid artificial ingredients. We recommend cereals that are low in sugar, fat and sodium and that list the whole grain ingredients first. Choosing an energy boosting cereal that is tooth-friendly will keep you smiling for many reasons.
2. Eggs are Egg-celent
Looking for a delicious source of protein, vitamins and nutrients? Egg-celent news: whether your like your eggs scrambled or over easy, eggs are full of protein, healthy cholesterol and vitamin D which is necessary to absorb calcium. We recommend making eggs and adding a few servings of vegetables, for example, spinach, broccoli or peppers, giving you a dose of vitamin C which is key for strong and healthy gums.
3. Fruity- Toothy
Adding firm fruits to your breakfast is an excellent way to boost nutrients and effectively care for your teeth. Apples are an excellent source of fiber and the crunchy texture along with the high water content help to get saliva flowing. Berries such as blueberries and strawberries are full of antioxidants and nutrients, giving you a healthy boost and a sweet fix without added sugar.
4. Go for the (Yo)Gurt!
Whether you need a breakfast that is easy on the go or want to add a smart, filling protein, yogurt is an excellent addition for your oral health. Protein helps the body strengthen its muscles and the calcium keeps your bones healthy and strong. The probiotics in yogurt help fight the bad bacteria, keeping our gums healthy, and phosphates in yogurt help remineralize teeth, keeping them strong. Make sure you’re choosing a yogurt that is low in sugar, and add some berries or nuts for a full, healthy meal.
It’s true what they say- you are what you eat, and your body and smile will thank you for making smart decisions when choosing your fuel for the morning. Wondering if your current breakfast meets the mark? Have any other tooth-friendly breakfasts to share with our Krengel Dental team? We are here to give tricks and get your tips at (952)-888-1311.