Which Vegetables Provide the Best Nutrition for Your Teeth?
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
You are a great dental patient. You regularly brush and floss, twice a day, every day. You visit us every six months to make sure your teeth are cleaned and checked. You also ensure that you keep sweets to a minimum to protect your teeth. But are there other things you could be doing?
Of course there are. One thing you can do to help keep your teeth strong and healthy is to eat healthy. How do you make healthy choices that provide your teeth with the nutrition they need? Keep reading below for some vegetables that you can eat to give your teeth the vitamins and nutrients they need.
The Benefits of Dark Green Veggies
Dark green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, and turnip greens are rich in calcium. Calcium is an essential nutrient to maintain strong teeth. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, leafy green veggies are a great source of calcium that you need to stay healthy. Other calcium rich foods include milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified soy, tofu and almonds.
In addition to leafy greens being high in calcium, they are also high in potassium, which is essential for keeping the density of teeth and protecting them from acid erosion. Kale, spinach and broccoli are all rich in potassium as well as calcium.
Veggies and Vitamin C
If calcium and potassium are important for strong teeth, Vitamin C is essential for gum health. Vitamin C is very important for the buildup and maintenance of collagen, which allows new, healthy gum tissue to grow. Vitamin C also maintains gum tissue as well as the blood circulation vital for healthy gums. Vitamin C can be found in tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and spinach.
If you need more advice about healthy eating to protect your smile, why not come in and see us or give us a call? We are sure to provide you tips to keep your smile trouble free.