At the start of the new year, many people resolve to improve their health by making better food choices or exercising. Making important decisions to better your health is fantastic, but don’t forget about your oral health. The team at Dental Care of Boca Raton has suggestions for healthy choices for your gums and teeth. Healthy teeth and gums are the foundation for a beautiful smile.
Vitamin C can reduce inflammation and strengthen the blood vessels for healthier gums. Also, it’s necessary for collagen (a protein that helps fight gum disease) production. Kale, bell peppers, broccoli, kiwi, strawberries, and oranges are great sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin D production happens when your body is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Some people have a difficult time producing proper amounts of this vitamin from sunlight. Wild-caught salmon, shrimp, halibut, and egg yolks are good sources of vitamin D.
Phosphorus and calcium use teamwork to build strong bones and teeth. Red meat, Brazil nuts, fish, eggs, and pumpkin seeds contain phosphorus. Yogurt, milk, cheese, tofu, almonds, and seafood provide calcium.
Antioxidants can help fight bacteria, which is a contributor to inflammation. They may protect gums and other tissues from infection and cell damage. Raisins, nuts, beans, berries, and apples contain antioxidants.
Polyphenols help to slow the growth of plaque-causing bacteria. They can aid in the prevention of gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. You will find polyphenols in green tea, black tea, flaxseed, cocoa, and berries.
Probiotics, also known as good bacteria, live in your body. They help promote healthy gums by decreasing plaque. Miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, and other fermented foods are loaded with probiotics.
Crunchy fruits and vegetables help your teeth with their texture by cleaning the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque and food particles. Also, chewing the vegetables and fruits increases saliva production, which neutralizes cavity-causing bacteria. Apples, pears, carrots, cucumbers, and celery are excellent choices.
You may enjoy many of these foods already and, hopefully, you’ll see new choices to add to your diet. It’s easy to eat good foods that help keep your teeth and gums in good condition. Are you current with your dental exams and cleanings? If you live in Boca Raton, Florida, or the surrounding communities, contact our office to schedule an appointment.