A hydrated mouth, is a healthy one! Foods that produce saliva wash away unwanted food residue and sugar which can lead to cavities and worse, gum disease. Plus, during the summer months, it’s even more important to hydrate our bodies. With increased activities outdoors, we have an increased risk of dehydration. Eat your way to a clean mouth with these saliva producing, hydrating foods.
- Cucumbers – great addition to a salad, but also so refreshing when added to water.
- Celery – packs a big crunch, which can substitute as chips.
- Spinach – can’t even taste it when added to a smoothie.
- Zucchini and Eggplant– best on the grill, with a touch of olive oil.
- Mixed Greens Salad – simple side for any meal.
- Bell Peppers – raw, stuffed or grilled, peppers add so much flavor.
- Carrots – use as a dipper instead of chips or pretzels.
- Broccoli – raw or steamed, another great side.
Low calorie, hydrating fruits (again, these foods have high water concentration, but should be consumed in moderation due to sugar content):
- Watermelon and Cantaloupe – such a sweet summer treat for dessert.
- Pears – have you tried these on your salad and/or pizza?
- Mangos – add mangos to your salsa, and top your grilled fish.
- Apples – an apple a day…
- Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries – great addition to your smoothie for flavor.
- Red seedless grapes – grape (or grab) and go as an afternoon snack.
- All-natural fruit popsicles – cold and refreshing, need we say more?
- Oranges and Grapefruit – Note, while these may hydrate, they are acidic. Keep these limited or wash down with plenty of water, as acidic foods can eat away at tooth enamel.
Best hydrating beverages:
- WATER – in the summer, when you’re hot and active you should be drinking more than the usual 8-8oz of water daily!
- Milk – it not only hydrates but has Vitamin D which strengths teeth too.
- Sparkling water – tastes great, and awesome substitute for soda.
- Juice and sports drinks – also hydrate, but limit due to sugar content.
Not only do these foods and beverages keep your mouth clean and hydrated, but they also aid in weight-loss. Oral health care is important to our overall health, which is why we feel it’s so important to continue educating our patients with these healthy tips. If you have any questions or concerns, please know our team is here to help. Contact our office for a free consultation, or second opinion.