It's finally here! Summer has arrived, which means it's time to break out the grill and start cooking outdoors. There are so many great foods to enjoy as you gather your friends and family for a cookout, but did you know that some of these foods are great for your teeth?
Pears and Apples These fruits are excellent for eating out of hand. They are crisp, delicious and come in multiple varieties, providing you with a multitude of slightly different flavors. They are excellent for your teeth as well.
Both pears and apples contain a decent amount of water, providing you with some flavorful hydration. Their tough outer skins are also great for helping to remove plaque as you chew.
Chicken Who doesn't love a good barbecued chicken leg? This summertime staple is excellent for your enamel. It is rich in phosphorous, which, when paired with calcium, can help keep enamel strong and even repair damage previously done to it.
Enjoy your chicken with some dark, leafy greens such as spinach or kale, to ensure that you are getting both nutrients. And, simply by being outside in the sun, you take in vitamin D, which will help really absorb that calcium.
Red Meat Another grilling staple, red meat, like chicken is full of phosphorous. There are so many options for an avid meat eater to choose from, meaning that there will be plenty of phosphorous available at any cookout.
Salmon Another excellent grilled meat is salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids found in this particular fish can help fight gum disease. They can also reduce inflammation caused by bacteria.
Grilled Peppers A tasty side at any cookout is grilled peppers. Bell peppers contain vitamin C, which helps prevent periodontal disease by curbing inflammation.
Summer and barbecue go hand in hand. With a little careful planning, you can host your next cookout with foods that will keep everyone's inevitable smiles healthy while keeping their taste buds satisfied.