About Oral Care - Nutrition

Nutrition is Important for Your Oral Health

 
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Eating a variety of nutritious food is good for your overall health and also your oral health. Some nutrients have demonstrated significant benefits to building healthy teeth, namely calcium and vitamin C. So be sure to include foods rich in these nutrients in your diet.

Key Nutrients to Add and To Avoid

Calcium has been shown to help build strong teeth, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also plays an important role in collagen synthesis, by which it helps you develop and maintain healthy gums.

Calcium

Dairy products, including milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium. Many physicians recommend 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily for most adults. If dairy products are not a regular part of your diet you may want to consider a calcium supplement. Also, try switching to low-sugar or sugar-free varieties of yogurt, since sugar (and bacteria) can promote tooth decay.

Vitamin C

Many fruits and vegetables including berries, oranges and cantaloupe, as well as green vegetables including broccoli and spinach are excellent sources of vitamin C.

Sugar

Sugars are not a good idea for your oral health. Sugars lower the oral pH and create an environment in which bacteria will thrive and multiply. Sugars cause cavities, contribute to gingivitis and bad breath.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar that is actually good for your oral health. Bacteria use Xylitol for food, but they cannot digest Xylitol and as a result they die.

Salese and Dentiva Provide Calcium, Xylitol and are Sugar Free

Salese and Dentiva include Xylitol as an ingredient to inhibit bacteria growth. As the lozenges dissolve they release a constant stream of bacteria fighting Xylitol. This helps to maintain good oral health and will also contribute to a fresher breath.

In addition to eating right, it’s important to follow the recommended dental care routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Visit your dentist and dental hygienists for regular check-ups and professional cleanings and talk to them how your diet affects your oral health.