Can breakfast keep your smile healthy?Becky | August 1, 2013
IT’S OFTEN SAID, and studies agree, that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. In addition, breakfast affects our oral health too!
Popular Breakfast Options Can Damage Smiles
Given our on-the-go lifestyles, breakfast can become an imbalanced, over-sugary meal! We don’t typically eat candy for breakfast—yet, we choose popular cereals and pastries that are full of sugar. These unhealthy breakfast choices can be damaging to our teeth and gums especially if we’re not brushing and flossing after we eat them.
A Healthy, Balanced Breakfast Can Protect Your Smile
Your mouth, like your body, needs nutritious food to stay healthy. A breakfast rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and healthy proteins can help prevent many dental problems such as: bad breath, tooth decay, early tooth loss, and gum disease.
Tips For A Smile-Friendly Breakfast
- Eat whole grains (oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread) instead of refined grains.
- Eat firm, ripe fruits(apples, plums, peaches) and healthier vegetables.
- Drink water or lightly sweetened tea to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay.
- Use moderation with fruit juices and smoothies—they’re typically high in sugar and can be quite acidic.
- Consider dinner for breakfast!
- Eat high fiber cereals with less preservatives and less added sugar.
Quick, Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast Kickstarts Your Day & Your Healthy Smile
Start eating a breakfast that protects your smile AND makes you feel good. Studies have found that breakfast affects your energy and focus. If you have ideas or recipes for healthy, balanced breakfasts, share them with us below or on Facebook!
Thank you for trusting us with your oral health! We appreciate you.
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