Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Want Great Teeth, Start with Your Diet and Vitamins - Dental Advice From Miami Dentist Dr. Papiernik
Dental tips from South Miami Dentist Dr. Papiernik
Your teeth are very important for chewing, speaking, and smiling so why do so many people neglect their teeth? Unfortunately, for some people their teeth are not a priority until there is pain involved. Regular visits to the dentist and small changes to your diet can make a big difference for your teeth and help you stay away from dental pain.
People sometimes see food as being the villain when it comes to oral health. Especially since it is the sugars and acids from food and drinks that do most of the damage to our teeth. Many foods also discolor your pearly whites as well. However, there are many types of food that can do the exact opposite and give a big boost to your oral health.
Some foods actually help your teeth and gums stay healthy
Your teeth and gums, just like every other part of your body, need good nutrition to function properly and stay healthy. There are specific nutrients are better for your teeth than others. Below are some most crucial elements for healthy teeth and gums and some examples of foods that contain these helpful elements.
Calcium and Phosphorous
Your teeth are made of minerals, particularly the tooth enamel. Acidic foods and drinks cause erosion of the enamel and the best way to combat this is to ensure that the foods you eat are rich in these beneficial minerals. Calcium and phosphorous are the main minerals that are the building blocks of enamel and consuming foods rich in them is a necessity if you want to maintain strong and healthy teeth.
Sources for calcium – yogurt, cheese (hard, aged), seafood, milk (low-fat), tofu, almonds
Sources phosphorous – pumpkin seeds, fish, Brazil nuts, red meat, eggs, tofu, broth
Foods rich in vitamins D and C
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. This is why vitamin D is crucial for your overall health and important if you want to have healthy teeth. Sources of vitamin D include: sunlight, fish, egg yolks, cod liver oil
Vitamin C is great antioxidant! It can strengthen blood vessels and reduce inflammation, which may help your gums stay healthier . Vitamin C is also required for the production of collagen, a key protein that helps you fight periodontal disease. Without Vitamin C.
Now that you know the importance of certain vitamins and minerals for your smile, it is time to put this knowledge into action. Add some of the foods that are rich in these essential elements to your diet and focus on your dental health. Take baby steps to a better diet and a healthier smile by making gradual changes in your diet. Introduce some of the foods we discussed gradually into your diet so it does not feel like a great change. Also, fill gaps in your diet with natural vitamins and mineral supplements. Another crucial part to a healthy smile is to have regular visits to your dentist for dental cleanings. A clean mouth makes it harder for bacteria to grow and reduces the amount of dental calculus accumulation. Remember, that what you focus on, gets done. It’s time to focus on your healthy smile!