Dental Nutrition Summary
Dr. Matt here, A well-balanced diet along with adequate amounts of vitamin C is important for good oral tissue health. Calcium is important as well for bone growth and maintenance (this includes the teeth), as well as muscle and nerve control, and blood clotting. (Note that after a person’s late 20’s, bone growth stops and bone maintenance becomes the priority.) Vitamin D is also important for preventing bone loss.
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NUTRIENT WHAT YOU NEED IT FOR
Protein Tooth structure, mucosal/connective tissue development, and immune function.
Calcium Tooth structure; may enhance enamel remineralization.
Phosphorus Tooth structure.
Zinc Mucosal/connective tissues and immune function.
Antioxidants Mucosal/connective tissues and immune function.
Folate Mucosal/connective tissues and immune function; low levels are associated with periodontal disease.
Iron Mucosal/connective tissues and immune function.
Vitamin A Mucosal/connective tissues and immune function. But be aware that getting too much from supplements may result in gum problems.
Vitamin C Collagen maturation and to maintain the integrity of the periodontal ligament; mucosal/connective tissues and immune function.
Omega-3 fats Mucosal/connective tissues and immune function; modulates the inflammatory response.
Vitamin D Mucosal/connective tissues, immune function; may enhance enamel remineralization.
B vitamins Epithelial cell turnover.
To get your Vitamin C, Calcium, and Vitamin D, eat:
-Fruits and Vegetables
-and play outside
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Drinks a lot of water, not to many simple sugars, brush and floss your teeth, and see your Oral Health Care Professionals. See ya!
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