Your general health and the condition of your teeth and gums are affected positively or negatively by the foods you eat and how often you eat them. If you consume too many sugary snacks or sweetened drinks, you could be at risk for tooth decay and severe gum disease. On the other hand, if you eat nutritious foods it will help strengthen your body, as well as your teeth and gums.
Bones are made up of primarily, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, but they also contain silica. Some of the foods that have been proven to give your teeth and gums the vitamins and minerals they need include leafy greens, onions, celery, carrots, peppers, citrus fruit, apples, green tea, eggs, fish, lean meat, nuts, beans and dairy.
Calcium rich foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese, salmon, nuts, and dark green leafy vegetables, help promote strong teeth and bones. Magnesium is necessary for bone and muscle health and works with calcium. Magnesium may be found in spinach, nuts and seeds. Phosphorus is good for strong teeth and is found in eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts and beans. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli and spinach are just a few of the foods that contain vitamin C and help promote gum health. Silica assists in the absorption of calcium and may be found in Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts and grains.
In addition to eating healthy, maintain a good oral health regime and see your dentist regularly.
Todd McAdams, D.D.S.
420 Rocky Knob Lane