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Posted May 12 2012 12:00am
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May 14, 2012 Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

I have a thing about my teeth. I had braces when I was 12, and since then, I’ve been a little distracted by keeping my chompers as white as possible and free of embarrassing bits of food stuck between them.

I use whitening toothpaste and sometimes resort to Crest Whitestrips. I have a pretty badass rotating-head Oral-B toothbrush — and most meals end with me baring my teeth at Dave like a hyena and asking, “Are they OK?” to ensure there’s no stray parsley or spinach hanging out anywhere. And instead of flossing, I do maintenance on my gums with these awesome picks I get from my dentist. (I love you Dr. Bell!)

I’m also an equal-opportunity recipe collector, so I was favorably interested when I got a press release from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) about their new free cookbook. “The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile,” says Dr. Frawley, a dentist in Beverly Hils and a member of the AACD.

No surprise: many of the ingredients recommended in the recipes are paleo-approved. I thought this Carrot-Pineapple Ginger Salad sounded pretty good, so I downloaded the ebook. There are some tasty looking recipes, but my favorite page of the book is the list of foods and how they benefit our teeth. I learned that ginger is an anti-inflammatory that helps keep gums healthy, and pineapple helps promote an alkaline response in the mouth. Also, did you know broccoli forms an acid-resistant coating on teeth that helps prevent enamel erosion?! I love learning that stuff I like to eat has cool functional benefits, too.

Not all of the recipes in the free ebook are completely paleo, so you need to keep your eyes open and do some ingredient swapping, but there’s a recipe for Creamy Wasabi Sauce that I’m pretty excited to try, and a hot, sweet fruit salsa that sounds perfect for summer. Help yourself to the free ebook right here.

And smile.

  1. Andrea says:

    I’m obsessive about my teeth as well…there is just something about a clean white smile and fresh breath that oozes health! For many years, even though I was a 2x a day flosser/brusher I struggled with periodontal disease where I had to have my gums scaled every 3 to 4 months…it was frustrating and painful to say the very least. Once I went gluten and refined sugar free my gums healed up and now I enjoy regular 6 month cleanings with barely any build-up! My dentist of course doesn’t think it has anything to do with my diet…REALLY???

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