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Asian Eats and Oral Health

If you’ve been to a dentist, you know that sugary foods are something you should limit. But what foods are good for your teeth? More importantly, where can you get good-for-your-mouth Asian eats in the Yonge and Eglinton area?

Here’s what we’ve found so far:

Asian Eats: Little Sister

Making the “Best of Toronto” list on BlogTO, Little Sister is a delicious place to get Indonesian-Dutch cuisine. A simple but flavourful choice are the shrimp lettuce wraps. Perfectly cooked prawns come nestled in bib lettuce with sambal chilli sauce for a touch of heat, pickled cucumbers and crunchy shallots.

While leafy greens like lettuce have high water content, which promotes continual saliva production and cleanses the mouth, shallots are known to destroy harmful bacteria. They’re also a good source of antioxidants, which can prevent plaque from forming on teeth. Located on the stretch of Yonge between Davisville and Eglinton, this place is a must-visit if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Asian Eats: Lime

Pan-Asian with a twist, lime serves up some mean fresh soft rolls perfect for sharing. Shredded carrots, leaf lettuce, red pepper, cucumber and fresh herbs in rice paper are served with your choice of mango, chicken and shrimp or avocado and crab filling.

Minerals found in carrots kill bacteria that cause tooth damage, as well as acting as a natural abrasive to stimulate gums and eliminate plaque.

Plus, foods that contain a lot of vitamin C, like mangos, prevent collagen from breaking down, which helps keep gums strong and less susceptible to periodontal disease. With the leaf lettuce along for the ride, it’s a fresh way to keep your mouth in good health. Check it out just around the corner from our office at Eglinton and Redpath Ave.

Asian Eats: Green Papaya

An authentic Thai and Vietnamese restaurant just north of our office across from Best Buy, green papaya is an elegant place to sit down for a casual meal. For a tasty hit of vitamin C, fresh mango salad is a great choice here. With raw red onion slivers containing sulphur compounds that kill dangerous bacteria that harm teeth, this dish does double duty when it comes to your oral health.

Another tasty option is the chicken satay. These skewered delights are topped with fresh peanut paste and sesame seeds. Peanuts are full of teeth-healthy micronutrients like phosphorous, magnesium and calcium. Sesame seeds are also packed with tooth-strengthening calcium that helps repair enamel damage. Plus these little babies are shown to scrape plaque and clean teeth as you chew.

Next time you’re in for an appointment, let us know if you took any of our suggestions. By then we’ll have a few more.

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