Any health professional will tell you how important good nutrition is for your overall health. Some of the benefits include more energy, a stronger immune system, and decreased risk of disease. What you eat also affects your dental health. While a diet heavy in sugar increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, a balanced diet will fortify your teeth against cavities and protect your gums from inflammation and infection.
Here are the nutrients that matter most for your oral health and where to find them!
Fresh produce like apples, carrots, and celery are full of fiber. These crunchy foods need to be chewed well. Chewing increases your mouth’s saliva production, which washes away food particles and fights tooth decay through remineralization. Remineralization occurs when saliva coats your teeth in minerals. They are absorbed into the crystalline mineral structure of your enamel, the outer layer of teeth. This strengthens it against erosion and decay.
Calcium, Vitamin D & Phosphorus
Calcium is a mineral that’s critical for strong bones and tooth enamel. Eat calcium-rich foods like seeds, nuts, plain yogurt, dark leafy greens, and cheese. To properly absorb calcium from your diet, your body needs vitamin D. You can find vitamin D in eggs, salmon, sardines, and fortified milk, orange juice, and cereal. Phosphorus supports calcium in building strong teeth. It is in beans, lentils, milk, meat, and whole grains
Vitamin A promotes healthy gums and combats mouth dryness. Most foods with vitamin A are orange, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe.
Pair Good Nutrition with Regular Dental Visits
In addition to consuming a balanced diet, brush and floss every day at home and visit Hermitage Dental Group for regular exams and cleanings! To schedule your next appointment at our office, please contact us today.