You’ve probably heard about brushing and flossing as the most effective ways to keep your pearly whites as long as possible. However, here at the Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Associates, we are always on the lookout for other alternatives to keep those smiles safe and strong! Read on for our teeth-friendly tips below.

A Closer Look on Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

To fully understand how gum disease and tooth decay could be prevented, a closer look on how it develops is quite important. It all begins with bacteria and the food particles which forms into plaque, that sticky film which coats your teeth. Plaque is more prevalent in areas which are quite hard to clean such as along the gum line and your back teeth.

If the sticky film is not removed right away, the bacteria will start breaking down the sugar from the food particles, producing acids during the process which develops into tartar. Tartar, also known as dental calculus, is actually plaque which is left alone in your teeth for more than 26 hours.

Both plaque and tartar could wear away the tooth enamel and also lead to gingivitis (gum inflammation).

How to Keep Your Teeth for a Lifetime through Nutrition

Now that you know how teeth deteriorates as a result of plaque and tartar build-up, we’ve rounded up the following ways to keeping them as long as you can (aside from brushing and flossing as promised).

1. Calcium

Of course, your teeth needs to be properly nourished with the right set of vitamins and minerals. Let’s start off with calcium. This mineral is the foundation of your pearly whites and apart from dairy products, you can have your daily supply of calcium through sardines,  almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables. Bring on the kale and arugula!

2. Vitamin D

Calcium needs assistance from Vitamin D too to be fully absorbed by the body. Aside from moderate sun exposure, excellent Vitamin D sources include fatty fish (think mackerel, salmon, and canned tuna!), sun-ripened mushrooms, and egg yolks.

3. Fluoride

This mineral helps keep your bones and teeth less breakable.  Food sources that are abundant in fluoride include chicken, canned sardines, and grape juice. However, keep in mind that most  of the tap water sources in the U.S. are already fluorinated.

Apart from the vitamins and minerals mentioned above, try to look for food sources which are rich in Vitamin A, beta carotene, magnesium, and phosphorus.

A regular visit to your Pennsylvania dental implant and oral surgery specialists will also help you keep your teeth for life! Visit our clinics at the Holy Redeemer Hospital and Heritage Gateway Building now!  Call  us at 215.938.7860 or 267.247.5489 for an initial consultation. You can also opt to fill out this appointment request form. We look forward to your visit!