Summer Seafood for a Healthy Smile

happy summer familyNow that we are smack dab in the middle of summer, one way everyone is celebrating the spirit of the season is with outdoor celebrations. Cookouts and BBQ’s are about as synonymous with summer as pumpkins are with fall.

However, many of the foods that are included in these summertime celebrations are not exactly the best for your oral health. but one food that is both good for your oral health and can be thrown on the BBQ or even served raw is seafood!

With that being said dental implant provider Dr. Michael Migdal and the rest of his staff here at Gentle Dentistry have decided to gather up some of our favorite summertime seafood recipes and share them here with you.

Let’s take a closer look.

Increase the Amount of Seafood You Eat for a Healthier Smile

At this point you may be wondering why we have been saying that seafood is good for your oral health.

It all has to do with the omega-3 fatty acids it contains. Believe it or not, omega-3s are one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory agents. This is especially a boon for people with dental implants.


Because, along with your jawbone, the other main component holding those dental implants in place is your gum tissue. When your gum tissue becomes inflamed it can also become infected and this can put your dental implants at risk for failure. However, anti-inflammatory agents help to keep the intricate web of veins running through your gum tissue happy. This means blood is flowing and life-giving oxygen is reaching your gums and helping them thrive.

Case in point – eat more seafood for a healthier smile regardless of whether you have dental implants or not.

Now, let’s get to the food. Take a look at some of these recipes we have gathered here for you to use at your next outdoor celebration in the sun.

“The Best Grilled Salmon Ever!” Recipe

We found this recipe on a website called about three years ago and our whole office has been using it ever since! We think it’s time to share this gem with you, as well. prepare for the best grilled salmon you have ever tasted!


  • 1-3 salmon fillets, depending on size
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic


  1. Purchase your salmon as fresh as you can. I prefer the taste of farm-raised to wild caught because I think it tastes less fishy. But don’t buy the frozen fillets if you can avoid it. Put the fish in a plastic bag with all the other ingredients and seal it with as much air pushed out as possible. Marinate for at least an hour, up to three.
  2. When you are ready to cook, heat up your grill. Then make a little dish out of aluminum foil with sides. Slide the fish on your ‘dish’ and add a little of the marinade on top. Put the fish skin side down. Then push the whole dish onto the grill. Close the lid and grill for about 20 minutes. After that is done, flip the salmon over onto the grill to sear the top, then you can scrape off the skin (it should lift right off.) Grill for 1-2 minutes and then serve.

Hawaiian Ahi Poke Recipe

Yum! Fresh tuna, garlic, soy sauce, and green onions? Sign us up! Thanks to a


  • 2 large sashimi grade Ahi tuna steaks (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 shallot, sliced (or Maui onions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (look for a gluten free brand)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Pat the Ahi tuna dry, then neatly cut it into small 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add the shallots, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, and sesame seeds.
  3. Gently toss. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. *For another variation, omit the chili sauce and add 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste and 1 teaspoon honey. You can also add a fresh avocado if you so desire!

We hope you get a chance to use either of these amazing recipes