How A Healthy Diet Can Help Build Strong Teeth

February 21, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog


A balanced, healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables, unsaturated fats, whole grains and lean proteins is good for your dental health. There are several nutrients that can promote oral heath further than just a rich diet.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps guard against the possibility of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the most minimal form of periodontal disease, but it can still cause gums to swell, become red with inflammation and bleed very easily. To avoid this, make sure you get the recommended amount of daily vitamin C in your diet.

Calcium

Enough calcium in your diet is critical when teeth are forming, but the need for calcium continues into adulthood. A diet that lacks calcium requires the body to obtain the nutrient by pilfering it from your teeth and bones. Low calcium intake can cause the jaw to weaken, teeth to loosen and puts you at a greater risk for developing gum disease.

Water

Tap water contains fluoride that helps prevent tooth decay. Drinking water also rinses away remnants of food and bacteria that can turn into plaque.

To learn more about good dental habits and healthy oral care, call the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today at 212-288-4455.

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