Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

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We’ve all heard of the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” so it’s no secret that foods high in Vitamin C benefit the immune system and prevent sickness. But did you know that fruits like oranges and kiwi, and vegetables like broccoli and spinach, which are all high in Vitamin C, benefit your oral health? I’ve always been motivated to live and promote a healthy diet and lifestyle, but ever since getting Invisilign and learning more about my oral health from my Dentist Dr. Joseph,  I’m paying more and more attention to taking care of my teeth.

Dr. Joseph

Dr. Joseph

Dr. Joseph says that oral health is not just about brushing and flossing, but nutrition as well. You want to consider vitamins and minerals, calcium is always important to include in the diet to help your teeth, but just like how calcium also helps with bone health, Vitamin C has multiple benefits to the body, and one of those benefits is extremely important to oral health. Vitamin C actually helps with maintaining healthy gums because it plays an important role in collagen production. Collagen makes up the connective tissue in our skin, bones, organs, cartilage, and also the gums. This is what keeps the gums close to the teeth and keeps the teeth connected to the jawbone. So basically, you can take care of your teeth all you want, but if you’re not taking the extra preventative measure of including more Vitamin C in your diet, then you could still be at risk for gingivitis and even worse- gum disease. I’m trying to keep these teeth that I’m straightening!

Just like you have to brush and floss daily, you should also get your daily intake of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is water soluble, so it needs to be consumed every day because the body doesn’t store it long-term. The best way to consume Vitamin C is directly from fresh fruits and vegetables, because fruit juices can be acidic and high in sugar, both a bad combo for the teeth as it can erode the tooth enamel. But if you must drink juice, it’s better to drink it with meals or through a straw so it has less contact with the teeth. And we can’t forget that eating more fruits and vegetables with Vitamin C has more overall health benefits in general, from fiber to other vitamins and minerals, so it’s a win-win for your mouth and for your whole body!

Try my Watermelon Salad that is high in Vitamin C and will even leave you with fresh minty breath.

 
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Recipe type: Healthy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cubed watermelon
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1oz chopped mint