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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these Mouth Healthy Treats!

March 8, 2018

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St. Patrick’s day can be a fun holiday for the whole family to celebrate. This year, try making some mouth-healthy green treats that your family will love so much they may pinch you!

Super Green Super Food Smoothie  

This super green smoothie is fantastic for cooling down on a warm spring day. The kale gives it a mouth-healthy kick with calcium and vitamin-B. Calcium strengthens teeth, and B vitamins help treat and prevent gingivitis, often called gum disease.

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas 

  • 2 cups kale, packed 

  • tbsp chopped mint, packed 

  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 

  • 2 cups coconut milk 

  • 1/2 cup of apple juice

Directions

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You can add more ice to the mixture to give it more of a frozen body, if required. You can also add more mint to your liking, or garnish with fresh mint leaves. 

Cucumber Cups 

Cucumbers are refreshing snacks that can be prepared in a lot of fun ways! They’re mouth healthy because of their fibrous skin, which scrubs teeth clean of food debris and unhealthy bacteria buildup. The Greek yogurt is packed with calcium and casein, both of which strengthen tooth enamel.

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, cut crosswise into 1-inch discs 

  • 1/2  tomato, diced 

  • 1 tsp lemon juice 

  • 1 cup of non-fat greek yogurt 

  • tbsp dill 

  • 1/2  tsp smoked paprika 

  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Using a melon baller or a small knife, remove the middle of each cucumber piece, leaving the bottom intact. In a medium sized bowl, mix the tomato, lemon juice, yogurt, dill, and paprika, adding salt and pepper to taste. Fill each cucumber cup with the mixture, and garnish with dill.

A Healthy Diet is Important for Strong Teeth 

A proper oral health routine should incorporate a mouth-healthy diet for the best results. Try giving your child more leafy green vegetables, healthy proteins like nuts and yogurt, and encourage them to drink more water, which keeps teeth clean and helps fight cavities. If you have questions about your child’s diet, then visit our office. We’ll discuss mouth-healthy options that can help your child earn a healthier smile.  

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