May 15th, 2019
The foodie revolution is real.
Just about everyone these days knows someone who considers themself to be a foodie. You see them dining during soft openings of the newest restaurants and on Instagram where they’ve captured the best angles of their latest culinary curiosity (alongside the most popular foodie-related hashtags, of course).
The foodie culture has a downside though, particularly when you consider that any #foodie search on Instagram will serve you up with delicious results like french dip grilled cheese, fried chicken in waffle cones and mac and cheese potatoes. While these foods might make your mouth water and your stomach growl, the most foodiest of foods may put you at risk for tooth decay and bad breath.
It’s an upsetting and terrible situation, but there are still plenty of instagram-worthy foods out there that will keep your teeth healthy and please your inner foodie at the same time. Here are some of the most foodie-approved foods that won’t hurt your pearly whites.
Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to be a millennial to enjoy the health benefits that avocados have to offer. Not only is this green superfood delicious and great on just about everything, it is packed with healthy vitamins. Avocados contain large amounts of folate and vitamin C which can help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. They are known to contain a high level of potassium, which can help protect the structure of your teeth and can reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay. So the next time someone makes fun of you for eating avocado toast, you can tell them you’re doing it for your oral health.
Although a giant, bright red lobster might be considered eye candy for any foodie on Instagram, it’s not something we usually associate with the health of our teeth. However, scarfing down some seafood every now and again could actually make your mouth healthier. It’s because seafood like lobster, fish and crab can contain fluoride, which is basically nature’s way of fighting cavities for you. Now instead of feeling guilty for splurging on seafood, you can rest easy knowing that you’re doing it all for the health of your mouth.
Matcha is everywhere these days. From matcha cookies to matcha chocolate, you can literally matcha anything in 2019. But aside from being the most colorful and instagrammable of all desserts, this green tea powder isn’t just about being sweet. It’s also a great way to keep your mouth clean. The way matcha works is that it is extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, which are perfect for suppressing and getting rid of nasty bacteria that may be hiding in your mouth. The next time the taste in your mouth feels a bit off, try sipping on green tea and see if you can tell a difference.
No foodie can deny that cauliflower is having a moment. It’s the latest and greatest substitute for gluten, coming in the form of everyday things like pizza crust and even cauliflower mashed potatoes. Cauliflower isn't just a great substitute for gluten though. it’s also a snack that can do awesome things for your mouth. For example, one thing that makes cauliflower so great for your teeth is that it can naturally whiten your teeth. As you chew cauliflower,the texture can help your teeth by removing surface stains.
Article by: Cassidy Rush, Delta Dental of WA