In case you were wondering, kale is the new black.
Smoothies packed with fresh veggies and fruit have gone viral. They can have excellent health benefits and a quick and easy way to load up on essential vitamins and minerals. However, while all of that green might be great for your insides, it can also be an express ticket to dull, stained teeth.
Put this in your smoothie to protect your smile
Help keep your smile bright and beautiful outside while you keep them healthy on the inside by following these simple tips to protect your smile:
Slurp your smoothie with a straw. The less time highly pigmented (we mean colorful) foods spend on the surfaces of your teeth, the less time they have to stain them. Using a straw can help minimize contact time with your teeth.
Avoid acidic ingredients. Acidic foods such as lemons and apples can weaken enamel and make it more porous, which can also increase staining and discoloration.
Swish with water after. Brushing too soon after eating or drinking can sometimes rub stains into your teeth. Instead of brushing right away, have a good swish with water, and brush and floss a little later.
As always, good brushing and flossing habits as well as regular visits for dental checkups and cleanings do wonders to help keep your teeth as bright and healthy as possible.
The smoothie shown here is recommended by one of our staff. Here’s the recipe:
1 banana (frozen ones work great!)
1 handful of kale
8 oz (give or take) Coconut water
1 tsp ground flax seed
1tsp chia seed
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp agave nectar
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour over ice and enjoy (with a straw, of course!)