Nutrition for Dental Health

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The health of the oral cavity reflects your overall well-being.  If our bones are not healthy, our teeth, gums and mucosa will suffer.  The health of our immune system is reflected in the state of our gums as we are constantly colonised by bacteria in our mouths.  If our immune systems are not up to the task, we can develop periodontal (gum) disease.  Our mouths are a warning system that everything is not functioning as it should. Basic good health practices support oral health.

Fight Infection through Good Nutrition

Whole foods provide an abundance of nutrients and energy that processed foods cannot as most of the vitamins and minerals are eliminated.

A whole foods diet includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and proteins. Studies have linked high intakes of fruits and vegetables with greater oral health as well as lower levels of oral cancer.

Below you will find a list of good whole foods to try:

Whole grains:

  • Brown rice—try brown basmati or brown jasmine for a quicker cooking tastier rice
  • Wheat berries
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt

No refined sugar, white flour or white rice.

Healthy proteins:

  • Free range Turkey
  • Free Range and Organic Chicken
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Fish
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Beans and Tofu

Healthy fats:

  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Flax Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Organic Butter and Dairy Products
  • Organic Coconut Butter

No hydrogenated fats and no trans fats.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

  • 9 Servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  • 1 Serving of cooked veggies= ½ cup
  • 1 Serving raw veggies= 1 cup
  • 1 serving of fruit= 1 piece of whole fruit or ½ cup of berries
  • Go for a variety of cooked and raw, crunchy and leafy veggies every day
  • Opt for whole fruit over juices for the extra fibre content
  • Organic is best: organic foods have more nutrients and they taste better

Extra Help

If you already have gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities or tooth loss, you can give yourself some extra help with additional nutrients. While gum disease is considered an infectious disease, i.e. caused by pathogenic organisms (germs), the health of the host –that’s you – has equal footing in preventing or precipitating the disease. Consuming extra nutrients through good food and/or supplements equals strength in the fight against disease. Our team at Grandstand Dental Care believe that the best way to assist in fighting oral disease is to prevent it and good nutrition can help.