People all over the nation diet for various reasons which include weight loss, strength and conditioning, or control of some chronic disease. Many people don’t realize that they should be dieting for the benefit of their oral health as well, as what you put in your mouth not only affects your overall health, but has a direct effect on help your teeth. Usually by making a few tweaks to an otherwise healthy diet, we can greatly increase the strength of our teeth and gum tissue, and also arresting any progression in tooth decay and gum disease.
We first have to recognize what nutrients we are already consuming, and what nutrients are needed to strengthen our teeth. Being of the same organic composition as your bones, it goes without saying that calcium is most likely the number one nutrient that one needs to ensure they are getting enough off on a daily basis. With regards to your teeth calcium serves a twofold purpose as your teeth are anchored to your jawbone.
If the patient is calcium deficient, then the body tends to leach the calcium it needs from your teeth as they serve as a type of reservoir. However, this will not be enough for the body to maintain a healthy solidity to your bones, and the very jaw that anchors those teeth will begin to lose traction due to weakness. This will result in loose teeth, increase bleeding along the gum line, pain, and the likelihood that you may lose some adult teeth.
We suggest taking a daily multivitamin with a significant amount of calcium within its formulation, in addition to ensuring that on a daily basis you’re taking in calcium rich foods. While vitamins are great, there is nothing that is better for the body then absorbing the nutrients and minerals from natural foods. Cheese, milk, and some vegetables will provide a great basis for patients to increase their calcium intake and fortify their bones and teeth as well.
After we have taken the time to provide the proper maintenance for bones, is now time to look to the gums, and address any vitamin or mineral deficiencies which may affect or hinder the repair and healing of our gum line. And as with all tissue patients need to ensure that they are getting a proper daily dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C is like the body’s own ambulance service, dispatched to the site of damaged tissue to assist in the repair of tears and in the case of teeth fusing any gaps that may occur between the teeth and gums.
Dentist often lead patients confused, as citrus juices and fruits are often discouraged as over eating may cause damage to the teeth from the acidic nature of the fruit. However what most dentist are trying to communicate, set the ingesting of sugary fruit juices without proper removal after drinking can lead to damage. What we suggest is eating fresh fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and Kiwis which are high in vitamin C, and whose sugars can be simply washed away by drinking water.
These are just a few things that you can do to improve your overall diet with regards to your oral health. Of course you should stay away from sugary drinks, and try to avoid foods and liquids that will sustain and or trap bad foodstuffs to the surface of your teeth enamel. You should also be sure to get your eight glasses of water per day, as they not only keep you hydrated but keep your mouth clean of any lingering bad sugars and bacteria.