Dental health is more important than most people think, and a healthy, balanced diet is crucial for improved dental well-being. Gum disease is usually associated with low levels of minerals and vitamins in the bloodstream while snacking on acidic and sugary foods contribute to tooth decay. A strong and healthy set of teeth and gums requires a diet that contains:
- Protein: For strengthening the tooth structure, connective/mucosal tissue development, and immune function.
- Phosphorus: For strengthening the tooth structure
- Calcium: For enhancing enamel remineralization and tooth structure
- Iron, Folate, Antioxidants And Omega-3 Fats: For improving the immune function, and connective/mucosal tissues
- Vitamins A, B, C and D: For maturing collagen, modulating the inflammatory response, improving immune function, connective/mucosal tissues, enhancing enamel remineralization, maintaining periodontal ligament’s integrity and for epithelial cell turnover.
WHAT CHANGES TO MAKE?
For a healthier mouth, you need to incorporate in your diet fresh vegetables and foods that are rich in lean proteins. Furthermore, avoid all types of processed foods, especially those which contain excess sugar.
Take your daily dose of fish oil, which is packed with omega-3 fats.
For bonus marks, change your diet in a way that it contains most or all of the nutrients/foods listed below:
- Probiotics help fight plaque and gingivitis and suppress the growth of pathogens in the oral cavity.
- Cranberries, eggplant peel, blueberries, raspberries, black rice, and red cabbage are rich in anthocyanins and prevent the colonization and attachment of pathogens on the teeth and host tissues.
- Green Tea is rich in fluoride and a well-known teeth strengthener. It contains polyphenols, an anti-bacterial, and anti-toxin, hence green tea brings along countless benefits for your gums and teeth.
- Soy helps cur the periodontal disease.
- Ginger, garlic, ginseng, and echinacea hinder the development of periodontal pathogens in test tubes. However, due to the lack of human studies, firm conclusions cannot be drawn.