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Free e-Booklet: Recipes for a Healthier Smile

Keep Teeth Brighter, Stronger
Recent studies (referenced here and here) have shown that what you eat can have both a positive and negative impact on your oral health. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) wants to help uncover the smile secrets in your kitchen with a Recipes for a Healthier Smile e-booklet featuring delicious new recipes using key ingredients to help keep your smile at its best.

This free e-booklet features breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert recipes using fruits, vegetables, grains, and other ingredients experts have identified as “super-smile” foods. There are also tips on foods that can play havoc with your smile such as soda, dark berries and dried fruits, as well as a list of healthful smile ingredients and their specific benefits.

For instance, did you know that pineapple can act as a "whitener" for teeth. Click here for an online exclusive recipe for Carrot-Pineapple Ginger Salad.

Dr. Shawn Frawley, AACD member and Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, is a gourmet cook who worked together with nutritionist and health coach Karen Krchma to create these healthy, easy-to-make recipes that everyone in the family will enjoy.

“The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile,” said Dr. Frawley. “That’s why it’s important to think carefully about making the right food choices.”

Some super-smile foods might surprise you. Shitake mushrooms are one example. A study by the Paediatric Caries Research Foundation found that these mushrooms contain a sugar called Lentinan which prevents mouth bacteria from growing. Raw onions and wasabi, a Japanese version of horseradish, also contain substances which stop bacteria growth. Based on a 2010 lab-based study in The European Journal of Dentistry, the iron in Broccoli may help form an acid-resistant film on teeth.  After exposure to an acid-based drink like cola, enamel erodes half as quickly when exposed to broccoli.

“To have a great smile, a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods will be your best ally,” said nutritionist Karen Krchma. “This booklet provides a variety of wholesome and tasty recipes with healthful ingredients that will build and strengthen your teeth and gums.”