Are you brushing and flossing twice a day? Did you know that adding nutrition in your diet can also play an important role in your dental health? It’s never too late to start taking care of your nutrition during National Blueberry Month.
What’s Good Nutrition?
In a nutshell, getting the right amount of nutrients from the foods you eat. The basic nutrients we get from food are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Nutrients provide your body with energy. You need calories to run and jump, but also to perform basic functions like breathing and pumping blood.
They build and maintain tissues, organs, bones, and teeth. Proteins are present in every cell of your body and help fight off infections. Fats are like cushions for your cells and minerals are what make your bones strong.
Nutrients help regulate necessary body functions. Good nutrition leads to healthy temperature and metabolism regulation, lower blood pressure and better organ function.
What Nutrients Are Good for Your Teeth?
Calcium. First, calcium keeps your tooth enamel strong, which can prevent decay.
Vitamin D. Second, Vitamin D is generally obtained through direct sunlight. It is also important in helping your bones and teeth absorb all the calcium they need.
Vitamin C. Third, without enough Vitamin C, the tissues holding teeth securely in place weaken. These can become loose, gums can bleed, and gum disease develops.
Antioxidants. Fourth, antioxidants naturally exist in our bodies as well as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and chocolate.
Probiotics. Finally, probiotics are healthy bacteria that benefit your digestive system.
Firstly, blueberries contain antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C and polyphenols. Secondly, they have more antioxidants than any other fruit, which boost your immune system and help prevent gum disease. Lastly, they contain polyphenols which are beneficial acids that defend teeth against harmful bacteria.
For those with a bad sweet tooth, schedule a visit at Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy. There, you can talk about specific dental needs and how factoring in blueberries will help. Fruit and veggies are not only good for your dental health but overall so contact us today!