Your Diet and Dental Cavities
Your diet can be one of the biggest factors in your overall health, but it can also play a major role in your dental health. Starchy, sugary, or acidic foods and drinks can really take a toll on your teeth and leave you more vulnerable to tooth decay. However, some foods can have the opposite effect and may help your smile be more cavity-resistant.
Calcium is a mineral that keeps bones and teeth strong. You need the most calcium when your bones and teeth are developing, but because your body is constantly using and replenishing the minerals in your teeth and bones, you need to ensure it has a constant supply. Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources as are dark leafy greens and fortified juices. Look for products that also contain vitamin D, which helps your body absorb the mineral more efficiently.
• Vitamin C
Vitamin C is necessary for healthy connective tissues. Without adequate vitamin C, you may be prone to bleeding or sore gums. Citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, papaya, cantaloupe, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts can all be good choices.
Fluoride is a mineral that hardens the enamel on your teeth and combats oral bacteria. Fluoride is usually added to drinking water, but many people are opting for bottled rather than tap water. Topical fluoride treatments may be needed if you are drinking bottled water or live in an area without fluoridated water.
Contact us to find out more about cavity prevention or to schedule a checkup with our expert in dental fillings in Northridge.
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