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"Food For Thought" Khajavi DDS

posted Jun 2, 2014, 8:06 PM by Dr. Elham Khajavi

Eating a healthy diet is not only good for our general health but is beneficial for our dental health as well.  Let’s take a look at some of the vitamins and minerals that we consume on a daily basis and see why they are so important for keeping our mouths in tip top shape.
Two of the most common oral health problems caused by poor eating habits are tooth decay (caries or cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease.  Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can lead to both these conditions.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A’s job is to maintain healthy saliva flow which washes away harmful bacteria.  It also promotes healing after dental surgery. Good sources of Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark green leafy vegetable and squash.

Vitamin B – These vitamins- B, B2, B3 & B12 help nervous system function which in turn helps your body convert food to energy.  A deficiency of any of the “B” vitamins can affect your oral health by causing bad breath or mouth sores, better known as canker sores.  Good sources of Vit B are liver, fish, bran & red meat.

Vitamin  D – Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium, a much needed mineral to keep our jaws and teeth strong.  Good sources of Vit D are not only milk and cheese but also spinach, kale & tuna.  Also recommended is a little sunshine (20 minutes a day) but don’t forget your sunscreen!

Zinc-This mineral helps prevent the build-up of plaque along the gum line. Consuming Zinc in our diet, combined with good tooth brushing techniques will help keep the plaque to a minimum.  Good sources of this mineral include wheat germ, seafood, beef & spinach.

Magnesium – Magnesium is essential for building strong enamel and preventing cavity formation.  Spinach, kale, fish, beans & lentils are good sources of this mineral.

                Use this information to make better food choices and eat a variety of healthy foods.  This is essential to your overall health. Keep in mind the foods we eat play an important role not only in the condition of our general health but in our dental health as well!