A wise frog once told us, “It’s not easy being green.” No offense, Kermit, but between the health benefits of mint leaves and the advantages of green tea for teeth, we have to disagree. Here are 4 emerald wonders to help your body and smile:
There’s a reason most dental products are mint-flavored. In addition to their fresh taste, mint leaves can clean your tongue and teeth. They block harmful bacteria growth inside your mouth. If you’re not partial to leaf chewing, refresh your dental gear with a minty paste and pack of floss.
Pro Tip: Do dental appointments make you anxious? Try relaxing with a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
2. Green Exercise
Outdoor workouts trump treadmills. Get outside for a jog and enjoy the budding greenery. Your body, mouth, and mood will thank you. Here’s some workout inspiration to get you started.
3. Green Tea
This steamy beverage is a smile superstar. Green tea contains bacteria-fighting polyphenols that can help prevent tooth-attacking acids. Bonus points to those who brew their tea with fluoridated water and/or use a straw.
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 require a lot of chewing. Chewing increases saliva flow, which is a natural way to banish bacteria.
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