Eat Your Way to a Healthier Smile

Whether we know the exact values on the food pyramid, we’re all familiar with this chart of what makes up a balanced diet.

Over time, scientists and health professionals have made changes to the food pyramid as more research has been done about what our bodies need to be healthy and well nourished.

The most recent adaptation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid recommends 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit each day. Eating the right variety of fruits and vegetables can strongly affect your dental health as the proper intake of vitamins and minerals is crucial to having healthy teeth and gums.

Consume the following vitamins and minerals for oral and overall health:

  • Vitamin A prevents tooth decay and helps the formation of healthy soft tissues and teeth. Unpeeled sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and carrots are excellent sources of vitamin A.
  • Vitamin B is actually a complex of eights vitamins that benefit oral health and comfort by preventing inflammation. B vitamins can be found in leafy green vegetables, sweet corn, peas, and berries.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it prevents free radicals from attacking cells and causing decay. This vitamin is also vital in regeneration of your skin, bones, and connection tissue, which helps prevent gum disease. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, and red and green peppers are all sources of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, a mineral that is vital for the structure and function of the teeth and bones. Vegetable sources of vitamin D include alfalfa and mushrooms.
  • Calcium is in bok choy, collards, broccoli, kale, and turnip greens, and helps promote strong teeth and bones.

In addition to having regular dental exams and cleanings, having a balanced and nutritious diet can help to ensure healthy teeth and gums and a healthy body overall. Call Dr. Amanda Foust at Dental Impressions in Ankeny, Iowa at (515) 965-0230 to schedule an appointment for you and your children.