Your diet directly affects your mouth and your oral health. If you eat right, the nourishment you receive helps build a better body, and therefore healthier teeth and gums. It is not an exaggeration to say that the food you eat can ultimately prevent dental decay and periodontal disease.
While a healthy diet, especially one that is rich in fruits and vegetables, generally improves the wellbeing of your mouth, there are a few standout foods that can bolster your oral heath.
While most vital during the physically formative years of childhood, the value of calcium doesn’t diminish even as we get older. A daily diet with adequate calcium levels help prevent otherwise unnecessary cases of dental decay.
A study that saw publication in the Journal Of Periodontology reports that people whose daily calcium intake are at 500mg, or about half the recommended dietary allowance, were at a significantly higher risk of suffering from periodontitis than people who meet the recommended calcium intake.
Foods rich in vitamin C are essential both in repairing connective tissues of the body and in fighting off viral and bacterial infection. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo publish a study that reports that people whose daily vitamin C consumption are at 75 mg per day are approximately 25% more likely to develop early stage gum disease that those whose daily diet meet the average vitamin C requirement.