A wise frog once told us, “It’s not easy being green.” True, Kermit, but between the health benefits of mint leaves and the advantages of green tea for teeth, it can be good for you. Here are 4 emerald wonders to help your body and smile:
There’s a reason most dental products are mint-flavored – the pleasant fresh sensation and the flavor masks that of other ingredients. But mint leaves themselves can be a dentifrice. Chewing mint leaves can clean your tongue and teeth, and block harmful bacteria growth inside your mouth.
2. Green Exercise
Outdoor workouts are always better than the ‘dreadmill’. Get outside for a walk, hike, run, or bike ride and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Your body, mouth, and mood will thank you.
3. Green Tea
This steamy beverage is a smile superstar. Green tea contains an antioxidant that helps prevent periodontal disease. Bonus points to those who brew their tea with fluoridated water.
4. Leafy Greens
Leafy vegetables may be luckier than leafy clovers. These veggies promote good digestion and help support oral health. For example, green goodies like spinach and kale are not only high in calcium for strong enamel, but also require a lot of chewing. Chewing increases saliva flow, which is a natural way to banish bacteria.
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