ORAL HEALTH – Foods Rich In Vitamin D And Vitamin C Help Maintain Good Oral Health

Foods rich in vitamin D such as salmon, mackerel or egg, and foods with vitamin C, such as orange or kiwi, among others, are key to preventing periodontal diseases, according to the dentist at the Health Care Directorate of Sanitas Dental, Manuela Escorial.

As explained by the specialist, in order to have good oral health it is necessary that, in addition to preventing tooth decay, emphasis is placed on gum care to avoid possible infections. When the diet lacks certain nutrients it is more difficult for the tissues in the mouth to resist an infection. This, he has indicated, can result in a periodontal disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis.

"To avoid the appearance of gum diseases, it is necessary, in addition to ensuring proper dental hygiene, consume foods with vitamin D that facilitate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, components that strengthen the gums to resist this type of infection ", indicated Manuela Escorial.

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This vitamin is present in fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines or tuna, among others), beef liver or egg. Calcium, in addition to being found in dairy products, is present in spinach, chickpeas, squid, broccoli, kale or tofu.

On the other hand, the expert has completed, it is important to eat foods with vitamin C, such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, red pepper or parsley. "Vitamin C stimulates the creation of collagen, the main component of the gums and is responsible for keeping the connective tissue together. As the years go by, the production of collagen decreases, so it is necessary to consume foods that contribute to its regeneration," he said. Escorial explained.

In addition, it is necessary to reduce the consumption of saturated fats and sugars such as butter or industrial pastries. As for liquids, it is advisable to reduce the consumption of acidic beverages, especially if they are cold or carry sugar, as they have a negative effect on the mouth.

ORAL HYGIENE

To the oral care of the diet must be added a correct oral cleaning, since the lack or inadequacy of hygiene can give rise to infections of the serious gums, the expert has assured. Therefore, it is necessary to brush your teeth after each meal and use dental floss. Finally, it is essential not to postpone the visit to the dentist in order to check the health of both teeth and gums.

"We must go to the dentist to keep us well, not to solve problems that in many cases are preventable with preventive measures and healthy habits," Escorial concluded.

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