Sports drinks, energy drinks and those must-have morning coffees all have one thing in common - they typically contain an abundance of sugar or sugar-alternatives that are harmful to the health of those pearly whites. Another beverage, whose ingredients can also wreak havoc on your smile, is always the life of the party - the cocktail.
"Selecting healthy, natural superfoods with specific functions improves the ability of our body to create that beautiful smile we all desire," said Dr. Ken Banks, AACD cosmetic dentist and contributor to the recipe collection.
According to recent studies, cocktails infused with wholesome ingredients can improve immunity and offer a tasty tonic for teeth. The next time you are looking for refreshment, seek beverages that use fruits, vegetables, grains, and other superfood ingredients.
Fresh Ideas for Entertaining
To share insight on creating healthier beverages, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) partnered with professional mixologists, Ira Koplowitz and Nick Kosevich owners of Bittercube, to create "Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles." This online collection of original, curative cocktail recipes benefits smiles while offering a unique twist to entertaining. For more recipes to drink to your oral health, visit www.aacd.com/smilebar.
"There are numerous accounts throughout history of monks, physicians and alchemists who were interested in distilled alcohol as a cure for ailments, so it makes sense that these great-tasting recipes could also have healthy benefits," said Koplowitz.
When creating drinks for your next party or social gathering, adding these ingredients may benefit oral health:
Strawberries: The malic acid in strawberries acts as a safe bleaching agent that rivals many expensive teeth whitening products.
Pineapple: These flavorful fruits contain vitamin K and C, as well as other substances that promote healing. Eating pineapple generates a healing alkaline response in the mouth.
Carrot juice: Essential for forming tooth enamel, carrot juice is loaded with vitamin A.
Ginger: This spicy yet sweet root has anti-inflammatory properties, which support healthy mouth tissue.
Try these refreshing drink recipes, which use healthy ingredients for cheery cocktails that will make your guests smile big at your next gathering.