Nutrition is important in many different ways, but did you know that nutrition is also vital for a healthy set of teeth? It’s true!
In fact, those with missing teeth who consistently and adequately care for their teeth and keep up with their oral hygiene likely have missing teeth due to a poor diet.
The worse one’s diet is, the more likely the are to suffer with tooth loss in the near future.
Those who fail to eat a variety of foods and often opt for few healthy options and those who suffer with an eating disorder or some sort of restricted eating habit will be lacking the important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for a healthy set of teeth.
Calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, and phosphorus are all vital for strong teeth capable of fighting oral bacteria and oral-related diseases.
Without an adequate supply of these vitamins and minerals, our teeth cannot provide a sufficient layer of enamel and continue fighting against harmful bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, diseases are higher, thus the risk of tooth loss is also higher.
How can I ensure healthy teeth through a good diet?
First and foremost, it’s important that you’re choosing to consume mostly healthy foods and drinks, keeping sweets and other junk minimal, for the sake of your overall health as well as your oral health.
Here’s what you should consume for a sufficient supply of important vitamins and minerals for your teeth:
- Calcium – Calcium makes your bones and teeth strong and aids in a tough enamel layer to protect your teeth from the harm of oral bacteria and tooth sensitivity. For calcium, consume milk, cheese, dairy, kale, sardines, salmon, broccoli, and yogurt.
- Potassium – Similar to calcium, potassium ensures strong teeth. As well as this, potassium and magnesium work as a team to prevent acidic blood, which in turn prevents the body from pulling away your much-needed calcium supply. For potassium, consume potatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut water, avocados, Swiss chard, spinach, yogurt, bananas, prunes, and lima beans.
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A prevents dry mouth, allows a quicker healing mouth, and ensures the mucous membranes are healthy. For vitamin A, consume kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, fish, lettuce, liver, and squash.
- Vitamin C – For strong gums and a protection from gingivitis, you can count on vitamin C. For vitamin C, consume citrus, potatoes, cantaloupe, kale, bell peppers, mango, kiwi, cauliflower, and strawberries.
- Vitamin D – To ensure you’re properly getting the calcium you require, vitamin D is also vital to receive as it helps the body absorb calcium. For vitamin D, consume milk, cheese, tuna, salmon, egg yolks, orange juice, and cereals. Also receive natural vitamin D from the sunshine.
- Vitamin K – Vitamin K is vital to prevent the bones (and teeth) from breaking down. It indirectly helps support strong and healthy bones and teeth by allowing the production of the protein, osteocalcin. In addition to this, vitamin K ensures a quicker healing body with less blood loss. For vitamin K, consume fermented dairy, collards, kale, broccoli, scallions, brussel sprouts, parsley, prunes, and spinach.
- Phosphorus – Phosphorus works with calcium to create strong teeth. For phosphorous, consume cheese, pork, lentils, pumpkin seeds, beef, nuts, soybeans, and chicken.