A balanced and nutritious diet is essential for healthy teeth and gums and Vitamin C and calcium are particularly important.
Vitamin C helps the body to produce collagen which is an important building block for healthy gums. It maintains and repairs gum tissues and has antioxidant properties. If your diet contains insufficient Vitamin C your gums will begin to bleed more easily which is one of the first signs of gum disease. You can find Vitamin C in dark green vegetables, peppers and tomatoes, and in strawberries and citrus fruits.
Calcium is important for babies and young children as it helps to ensure their teeth develop properly. Adults also need plenty of calcium as this mineral is essential for keeping the bone and surrounding teeth healthy and strong. The bone surrounding your teeth (alveolar bone) is constantly renewing and having a calcium-rich diet helps this process. Additionally, calcium helps blood vessels and nerves to work properly which aids gum health. You can find calcium in soy and dairy products, almonds, and in leafy greens.
If you would like more advice about your diet, please just call our friendly dental team here at Apple Dental.