‘You are what you eat.’
This famous idiom signifies the importance of a balanced, nutritious diet. A balanced, nutritious diet is not only essential for a healthy body, but also for good oral health. Minerals and nutrients will help you not only look good and feel better but will strengthen your body’s immunity towards infection.
A nutrient deficit diet can have harmful effects, especially on your oral health if you have undergone braces treatment. Braces treatment creates physical and physiological stress, that’s why you should make sure you are eating a balanced diet.
Here are the nutrients you should include in your diet to make sure you have a healthy smile:
If you have questions about which foods you can eat during your braces treatment, feel free to ask your orthodontist. It is important to eat right and eat properly to make sure your oral health doesn’t deteriorate when you are undergoing treatment for braces. Also, be careful to clean your braces properly after you eat to maintain that healthy smile.
|Nutrient||Benefits To Oral Health||Foods It Is Found In|
|Calcium||Since calcium keeps bones strong, it will help keep your jaw strong and builds strong teeth to protect them from decaying.||Milk and milk products. Other sources include green leafy vegetables, beans, oysters.|
|Iron||Iron can help with mouth sores and inflammation.||Red meat, liver, sunflower, cashews, sesame.|
|Potassium||Potassium improves bone mineral density.||Banana, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit.|
|Magnesium||Magnesium can aid people with craniofacial pain and teeth grinding problems.||Leafy greens, fish, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and dark chocolate.|
|Phosphorus||Phosphorus supports calcium in building strong bones and teeth.||seafood, such as scallops, sardines, cod. Soybeans, lentils and pumpkin seeds.|
|Vitamin A||Vitamin A will help maintain a proper mucous membrane in the mouth and a proper flow of saliva.||Fish, egg yolks and liver. Carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens.|
|Vitamin B3||Lack of Vitamin B3 can cause cankerous sores in the mouth.||Chicken, fish, avocado, peas, potatoes, whole grains, mushrooms, green peas.|
|Vitamin B12||The lack of Vitamin B12 can help prevent mouth sores.||Beef, liver, chicken, fish, milk and milk products.|
|Vitamin C||Lack of Vitamin C leads to bleeding gums and loose teeth.||Citrus fruits, tomatoes, berries, broccoli, capsicum.|
|Vitamin D||Vitamin D deficiency results in dry mouth, metallic or bitter taste in the mouth and might include a burning mouth sensation.||Fatty fish like salmon, tuna,
beef liver and egg yolk.
|Vitamin K||Vitamin K helps you produce osteocalcin, a protein that supports bone strength. Vitamin K also supports the healing process.||Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, mustard, greens, and parsley.|
If you have questions about braces friendly foods feel free to ask your orthodontist. It is important to eat right and eat properly to make sure your oral health doesn’t deteriorate when you are undergoing braces treatment. Also, be careful to clean your braces properly after you eat to maintain that healthy smile.
Sharon William’s day job is to handle digital marketing for Koch Orthodontics in Loganville, GA. With a flair for creating compelling content that clears the clutter and connects with the audience in an instant, she writes about dental topics to educate and help her readers.
She truly believes that a genuine smile can win a million hearts and talks to her readers about improving their smiles and overall dental health, as well as enhancing their overall lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to organize small meets in her neighbourhood where she brings people together to discuss various topics that she writes about.