The 2 BEST Foods for Your Teeth and Gums

  • Vitamin D
    Since inadequate Vitamin D intake increases the risk of dental caries and bone loss, it’s important to eat foods containing high concentrations of Vitamin D. This includes fish such as tuna and salmon, cheese, and even mushrooms. However, Whipple cautions against assuming that much of a person’s Vitamin D source comes from milk and yogurt. Unless these foods are fortified, they may not contain the daily Vitamin D your body needs.Dark, leafy green vegetables provide some of the most nutrient-dense calcium sources. This means that spinach, collards, kale, and cabbage are key foods to include in your daily diet. “Consequently, cabbages also have high concentrations of Vitamin C and Vitamin K,” Whipple says, “which can help alleviate bleeding and inflammation often seen in gum disease.” Having sufficient vitamin B in your diet may help reduce bleeding and ulcerations in the mouth, according to Whipple. Many Vitamin B sources are found in whole grains (whole wheat pasta, quinoa, and brown rice). Whole grains, as opposed to refined grains, also help maintain healthy oral tissues. Foods rich in antioxidants include artic“Try to include a serving of vegetables every meal (even breakfast),” he says. “People often think of sweet stuff for breakfast, but if you’re cooking eggs, add some spinach. Or if you’re making a fruit-based smoothie, add some frozen greens.”hokes, blueberries, pecans, strawberries, raspberries, legumes, spinach, beets, and kale.
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