One of the first things to spring to mind when you think of Earth Day is probably not healthy teeth. But really, there is no more perfect time to introduce your kids to the wonders of gardening and growing your own food. Start by planting some veggies that are good for both your teeth and your body.
Two excellent options are carrots and celery. These hard, fibrous vegetables do much to stimulate the gums and, as we know, strong, healthy gums are super important to maintaining healthy teeth. With their high beta carotene content, which your body needs to create vitamin A, they contain the nutrients essential for healthy tooth enamel. Carrots also act as natural abrasives, helping to eliminate dirt and plaque, as well as triggering a lot of saliva, which helps to scrub away stains on your teeth.
Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, leafy dark green vegetables, such as, lettuce, kale, broccoli and spinach, are another great route to a happy, healthy mouth. Because phosphorous is stored in the teeth (and in your bones), these minerals are instrumental in helping your body maintain balance.
Furthermore, you should end every meal by chomping on some raw fruits and vegetables as their high water content naturally helps keeps your teeth and gums clean.
So, this Earth Day, plant some yummy vegetables to fill your tummy and brighten your smile!