Kale, chard and spinach are filled to the brim with mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals. Specifically, they hold vitamin C, which boosts the production of red blood cells and reduces inflammation. Both these benefits battle against irritation and gum disease.
Leafy greens promote oral health as they are high in calcium, which builds your tooth’s enamel. They require more chewing, thanks to their high fiber content, which is good for gums because the chewing action creates more saliva. This helps to flush out food particles, bacteria, and plaque that may be sticking to your teeth near the gum line.
You can incorporate leafy greens into your meals in a variety of different ways. Use them to create salads, add them on top of pizza, throw them in smoothies, lasagnas or sandwiches, or best of all, make a batch of crispy kale chips.
Leafy greens can be found at any farmers market or grocery store, and organic is always preferable. Promise to make them in your dinner tonight!