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March Is Nutrition Awareness Month

March 10, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Jason Keledjian
Happy Dental Family | Madera CA Dentist

While we hope that your nutrition is a priority everyday in your life, March is the month to bring awareness to nutrition. Did you know that a diverse diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy can support your dental health? When it comes to your teeth, eating well and diligent home care are your two best methods of preserving your dental health.

What foods can help improve your oral health? 

Eating foods high in calcium can help strengthen your enamel and keep your teeth and bones strong. Foods such as low fat dairy, cheeses, and many vegetables like broccoli contain calcium and promote overall health and wellness.

Vitamin C is important in maintaining healthy gums. When you are deficient in vitamin C, you may notice that your gums become tender and bleed. Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C and contain many other healthy nutrients, but did you know that bell peppers, green leafy vegetables, and strawberries are also great sources of vitamin C?

It is especially important to make sure you get enough vitamin C if you are a smoker. Smoking tobacco can deplete your body’s stores of vitamin C. Since smoking also affects the health of your gums on its own, you get a double dose of trouble. If you need help quitting smoking, please schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jason Keledjian to discuss some strategies that could help.

What foods can negatively impact your oral health?

Some foods work against your dental health by risking your enamel and creating an environment perfect for decay. Soda and sticky sweet foods are among the worst. Soda and sugary foods are partners with the bacteria that cause decay. Limiting soda, juice, and sweet sticky foods will help you to maintain your dental health, but remember if you do consume them, be sure to brush and floss afterward.

A diverse diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein supports a healthy body and healthy teeth. Don’t forget to schedule your preventative dental exam and professional cleaning. Visiting our office twice yearly will help you stay on track with your oral health and keep you smiling for years to come.

Contact Keledjian Dental to schedule your preventative care appointment today!

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