How Your Diet Affects Your Teeth and Gums

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You probably already know what not to eat to keep your teeth healthy.  Too much sugar, sticky foods, hard candy, etc., are all well known as cavity-causing culprits.  But what about what you should eat to keep your teeth healthy?  Read on to find out how your diet affects your teeth and gums.

You Are What You Eat

The main components of your diet that keep your teeth strong are calcium and phosphorous.  So if you want strong teeth, you need to eat foods that contain these strength-building ingredients, like yogurt, aged cheese, and milk.  Even if you can’t eat dairy products, you can still get calcium through almond milk, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and seafood.

Take Your Vitamins

When diet may not be enough, supplements can help your body fill in the gaps.  A multivitamin will give you a dose of calcium and phosphorous, along with these other essential vitamins:
  • Vitamin D – Without Vitamin D, your body can’t properly absorb calcium.  You can get it from sun exposure (but not too much, or you risk sun damage) or from food items like fish and egg yolks.
  • Vitamin C – This vitamin is vital for keeping your gums healthy by keeping your blood vessels strong and healthy and reducing inflammation.  You can find it in foods like citrus, leafy greens, bell peppers, berries, and cruciferous vegetables.
Consider adding a Vitamin K2 supplement to your diet as well.  Different than Vitamin K, it’s often overlooked, but K2 is responsible for telling calcium where it needs to go.  You can find it in egg yolks, dairy products and organ meats (like liver).

Enjoy Nature’s Toothbrushes

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Foods high in water content neutralize acid and bacteria in your mouth that might cause cavities, and the texture of these foods can even clear away plaque and other food particles.  Try the following to help keep your teeth clean and healthy:
  • celery
  • apples
  • cucumbers

Restorative Dentistry at Dental on Central

If you’re looking for a dentist to help you achieve the best dental health, we’d love to have you in for a consultation at Dental on Central.  For more information or to schedule an appointment at either of our locations, visit us on the web or call 602.266.1776.