Nutrition & Gum Health

Nutrition & Gum Health
Posted on 01/17/2017

At the practice of Dr. Richard Goldberg, we know how important total body health in maintaining excellent oral health and living life to it’s fullest. Taking the steps in 2017 to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine will pay dividends, and prevent unwanted visits to the dentist and periodontist.

Your diet, from your meals to in-between snacking, are huge factors in determining your overall oral health. Just like the rest of your body, your gums and teeth need specific nutrients to stay strong and cavity-free. Without these essential nutrients, you’re more prone to developing common oral health problems, such as cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis. Procedures to repair these issues can be costly, so the biggest key is preventing them before they start. Here are some nutrients that are important to your periodontal health and where you can find them.

Calcium

Most of us can recall when we were urged by our parents to drink milk in order to keep our bones and teeth healthy. The calcium in milk, cheese and yogurt does indeed help protect periodontal health by keeping the jaw bone strong and healthy. It strengthens tooth structure and enhances enamel remineralization. If you or your family don’t like any of the above options, other foods that contain healthy doses of calcium include salmon and sardines, leafy green vegetables, orange juice, soybeans and almonds.

Emphasizing consumption of this essential nutrient when your child is young is the best way to ensure they get used to it. They’ll certainly like one of the many above choices. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your bones and teeth absorb calcium and works at keeping the gum tissues healthy. A lack of Vitamin C can result in receding, bleeding gums. Citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C as are leafy greens, broccoli, red & yellow bell peppers, strawberries and kiwi fruit.

Folic Acid

Folic acid which is also called folate, plays a vital role in maintaining good gum health. Good sources of folic acid are dark leafy greens, beans & legumes, citrus fruits and okra.

These supplements may also reduce the risk of larger health ailments, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.

Contact Your Monroe Townships & Spotswood Dentistry

In addition to eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene, you also should be visiting your dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings to keep your oral health in check. If you have any questions about periodontal health or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (732) 251-7722. We specialize in providing comprehensive dental care for the entire family, as well as cosmetic dentistry services such as dental implants. We look forward to serving you soon!