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How A Good Diet Leads to Healthy Teeth and Gums

Dental Health

  • A lot of people do not realize that nutrition plays an important role in their dental health.

  • They do not realize how crucial exercising good eating habits are when it comes to the health of their teeth and gums.

Here's how a good diet leads to healthy teeth and gums:

It Prevents Cavities

  • A cavity is a hole in the tooth’s enamel which is a result from the build-up of plaque – a sticky substance composed mostly of bacteria.

  • Majority of adults and up to 90% of school children have at least one cavity which makes it more important to learn how to nutritious foods. Having a good diet and exercising good dental habits prevents one for getting cavities.

It Prevents Gum Disease

  • Symptoms of periodontitis or gum disease include swollen or discolored gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, change in tooth sensation when eating, loose teeth, tooth loss, and even bad breath.

  • Gum disease is associated with lower blood levels of vitamins and minerals. And getting enough of these specific nutrients are important preventing gum disease

It Improves Tooth Structure

  • Eating foods rich in Protein, Calcium and Phosphorus can improve your teeth structure and may also enhance enamel remineralization.

  • Examples of foods rich in Protein are eggs, fish, seafood, chicken and turkey. Foods rich in calcium are milk, sardines, broccoli and cheese. Foods rich in Phosphorus are fish, pork, beef, cheese, tofu, yogurt and other dairy products.

It Improves Connective Tissues and Immune Function

  • Eating nutritious foods rich Zinc, Antioxidants, Folate, Iron and Omega-3 fats improves mucosal/connective tissues and immune function.

  • Examples of foods rich in Zinc are spinach, beef, shrimp, garlic, egg yolks, salmon and pork. Foods rich in Antioxidants are Goji berries, Wild blueberries, Dark Chocolate, Pecans and Cranberries. Foods rich in Iron are beef, lamb, dark leafy greens (spinach), whole grains, tofu and dark chocolate.

Eat Fresh Vegetables

  • It is also important to avoid most processed foods such as soft drinks, potato chips, bacon, snacks and microwave meals, especially those that are high in simple sugars because they can cause cavities and tooth decay if abused.

  • Eat fresh vegetables and mostly whole foods diet with lots of lean protein and vitamins which can boost your immune system and improve the development of your teeth and gums especially for children.

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