Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 9: Cucumber
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Encouraging your child to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables can be tough, especially if they’ve recently had braces installed. Slightly inflamed gums can cause your child to prefer foods that are cool and soothing. The good news is that cucumbers make an excellent compromise. Nutritious with anti-inflammatory properties, the humble cucumber is a great way to help your child get the fiber, vitamins and minerals they need in a vegetable that’s fun to eat.
Finger food is the name of the game when trying to coax kids into eating healthy snacks. They enjoy foods they can:
- carry around with them
- dip into creamy dressing
- decorate and play with
Generally eaten raw, cucumbers can be easily cut into various shapes, making them enticing to youngsters. Following the advice of your orthodontist to avoid sugary snacks after your child has Invisalign braces set in place won’t be difficult when you let the kids decorate those cool slices with bits of cream cheese, tuna salad or olives.
Cucumber’s Oral Health Benefits
Cucumbers are low in calories and fat, but they are also an excellent way of keeping plaque away. Just make sure that you leave the skin on the cucumber, so the fiber helps massage the gums as well as scrub those teeth clean. Cucumbers can be helpful for those wearing traditional braces or Invisalign due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial substances. In addition, they also help:
- keep you well hydrated
- control bad breath
- improve calcium intake
- fight gum disease
Cucumbers will also encourage saliva that washes away harmful acids and protects tooth enamel from eroding.
While proper nutrition goes a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy, regular visits to the orthodontist are also essential, so don’t delay. Contact Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics for an appointment today.
Dr Nease graduated as Valedictorian from Cocke County (TN) High School in 1988 and graduated from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) in 1992. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree as Valedictorian of his graduating class in 1996. He remained at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry for his orthodontic training, and received his Master of Dental Science (MDS) degree in June of 1999. He immediately joined the practice of Dr. Phil Higginbotham in Spartanburg, beginning a wonderful professional relationship and friendship that endures today.