Here at All Family Dental Care, we want you to think about more than just leprechauns, shamrocks and green beer this St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, consider thinking “green” about the health of your body and teeth.

Green tea has long been a popular beverage in Asian culture and is believed to cure diseases and heal wounds. Recent studies are beginning to establish potential health benefits including weight loss, improved heart health, and cancer prevention. According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) green tea helps to promote healthy teeth and gums in those who regularly drink it.

Mint is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years because of its remarkable properties. It has dozens of health benefits including combating depression, fatigue, and headaches; aiding in weight loss; preventing allergies and more. Improving the health of the mouth is also a well-known benefit. Mint has germicidal qualities and inhibits bacterial growth inside the mouth by cleaning the tongue and teeth. Mint is most commonly used for its ability to quickly freshen breath just by chewing on the leaves.

The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While that may not be entirely true for your teeth, we do believe that eating green apples can provide your body with much needed nutrients and antioxidants, and the skin of apples is an excellent source of fiber. The crunchy texture of the apple can help remove plaque, which will have a positive effect on your overall oral health.

Eating leafy green vegetables is essential to preventing disease and strengthening your immunity. Foods such as broccoli, kale, and zucchini have a wealth of nutritional benefits. Experts believe that the quality of the food you eat and the combinations in which you eat them can affect your oral health and the likelihood of tooth decay. Your body’s ability to fight inflammation also influences how well it can protect the teeth and gums. If you have trouble getting these greens in your diet, we suggest adding a handful of spinach or kale to a salad, pizza, or smoothie.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our family to yours!