Are You Ready To Go Bananas?
Did you know that bananas are good for your teeth?! Bananas are rich in fiber, vitamin C and B6. Bananas are also full of minerals (such as potassium, magnesium and manganese) - which help strengthen dental enamel. In addition, the pH of bananas is about 5 - making them mildly acidic. They have lower acidity than other fruits such as oranges, which is favorable. Excessive acidity can contribute to dental decay. In addition, bananas are soft in texture. As a result, it is an orthodontic-friendly snack since it is not likely to damage or break your orthodontic appliances!
We believe bananas are very healthy and provide many essential nutrients and vitamins for dental and overall health. However, it is important to keep in mind that bananas are also starchy and high in sugar. Just like other sugars, sugars derived from bananas can be a risk factor for tooth decay since the bacteria in your mouth can metabolize sugar and produce acid. Acid in turn can contribute to dental decalcification (white scar marks) and cavities. These aspects of bananas can be easily controlled by good oral hygiene.
Here is a delicious, peanut free, orthodontic-friendly banana smoothie recipe for you to try!
- 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon of flax seed meal
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla ext ract
**For tree nut allergies, try replacing the almond butter with coconut butter and the almond milk with soy milk.
Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender, mix and enjoy! Do not forget to optimize your oral hygiene routine - especially if you have orthodontic fixed appliances in place. Please contact our office if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation. We aim to be a resource for our community members! Our office is conveniently locate at 1629 Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville Trevose.