Why Your Mouth Deserves a Well-Balanced Diet

healthy eating for healthy smilesLast week, we discussed how maintaining a healthy body can help improve your oral health, as well. An additional benefit to healthy living involves ensuring that you consume an adequate amount of nutrients, which your body needs to operate properly, including your mouth. To help strengthen your knowledge of good dental nutrition, Des Moines dentist Dr. Stephen Burds explains a few things that you need to fuel your mouth’s function.

Nutrition and Oral Health

Calcium Against Cavities

Your tooth’s natural protective layer, called tooth enamel, is made mostly of minerals, a large percentage of which is calcium. Tooth decay begins when acid attacks and weakens your tooth enamel, allowing bacteria access to your tooth’s softer main structure (dentin). An adequate supply of calcium can help keep your enamel strong in the face of acid erosion.

Vitamin D Helps Fight Bacteria

Vitamin D is vital to your oral health for two reasons; it is necessary for your body to absorb and metabolize calcium, and recent studies suggest it also produces a powerful antibacterial peptide. Bacteria-fighting ability helps control the harmful germs in your mouth that are the source of most oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease.

Iron—Not Just for Pumping

Iron is one of the most important minerals in your body. Without it, you could not produce an adequate supply of red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. Iron is necessary for the health of your body’s cells, and a deficiency can lead to mouth sores, a sore tongue, and possible tissue damage in your mouth and throat.

Excellent Oral Health in Des Moines

To learn more about how nutrition and your lifestyle can affect your dental health, or to improve the health and look of your smile, schedule a consultation with your Des Moines family dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.