While brushing your teeth can help maintain oral health, it is also important that your teeth receive vital vitamins and nutrients for optimal health. At Your Dental Office, in Toronto and Etobicoke, we believe it is important to educate patients on how to maintain oral health outside of the office. Here are some nutrients that are vital to oral health.
Calcium is a mineral that is incredibly important for oral health. Calcium strengthens enamel and promotes healthy bone health. Calcium rich foods include dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese as well as leafy green vegetables.
Phosphorus is a mineral that protects and rebuilds the enamel of the teeth. Phosphorus needs to be paired with calcium in order for the body to absorb fully. Phosphorus rich foods include meat, fish and eggs.
Vitamin A is important for gum health. Vitamin A is in charge of producing enough saliva to coat your mouth and gums. This makes the mouth less vulnerable to disease. Foods that are rich in vitamin A are foods include dark leafy greens, orange foods such as carrots, and fish.
Vitamin C is important for gum health. Vitamin C helps keep the connective tissues in the gums healthy so that teeth stay in tact. Foods that are rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, potatoes, spinach and broccoli.
Vitamin D is important for oral health because it helps the body absorb and regulate calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D also reduces inflammation. Vitamin D can be synthesized in the body from sunlight, and can be eaten through fortified milk and cod liver oil.
While dentists apply fluoride to the teeth during a routine visit, it can be continued outside of the office. Fluoride is a mineral that fights against tooth and gum decay. Foods that are rich in fluoride include black tea, tap water and seafood.
To learn more about promoting your oral health, contact us to book an appointment. It is important to have regular dental check ups in order to always maintain good oral health.