Dental Health

I just had surgery on Saturday to help in my receding gumline, which has been going on for many years.  I had put it off for too long, but I did get it done just in time before I lost my top canine tooth on the left side.  This is not a great time of the year to do it, but sometimes food can be overrated.

I found out an interesting fact:  people with 25 or more teeth tend to eat healthier and more nutritious food.  We need healthy teeth and gums to eat more nutritious foods, and we need nutritious foods to have healthy teeth and gums!

Apparently, since I let this recession go on too long, I do have some bone loss for ignoring the recession for too long.  I also suffer from periodontal disease, but my teeth are not decaying.

You have heard the old saying that our eyes are a window into our soul?  Well, the same can be said for our teeth and gums:  they are a window to our overall health.  I know others whose dentist has asked them to see a doctor due to the condition of their teeth:  bad teeth and gums can be signals for cardiovascular disease, celiac disease, diabetes, sinus infection, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux, alcoholism, and more.

Here is a list of important nutrients you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums:

  • protein
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • zinc
  • antioxidants
  • folate
  • iron
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • Omega 3 fats
  • Vitamin D
  • B Vitamins

Basically, you need to eat foods that have lots of lean protein and fresh vegetables.  Avoid processed foods, especially those high in sugar.  Take your fish oil (OmegaPlex by AdvoCare is great).

Probiotics may help to decrease gingivitis and plaque; bacteria in fermented foods might suppress the growth of pathogens in the oral cavity. One study showed that consuming fermented dairy was associated with less periodontal diseases. AdvoCare has a great supplement called Probiotic Restore ULTRA.

Cranberries and other plant foods rich in anthocyanins (such as blueberries, red cabbage, eggplant peel, black rice, and raspberries) may prevent the attachment and colonization of pathogens on host tissues (including teeth).

Green tea is great for dental health. Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, possibly the most well-known tooth strengthener.

Gum made with pine bark or sap has been shown to decrease plaque and bleeding gums.

A diet that includes soy may help to reduce periodontal disease.

Arginine is an important amino acid that may alter oral pH and reduce chances of cavities. AdvoCare has a supplement call Arginine Extreme that can help with this!

Your body needs CoQ10 to produce energy and it is found in every cell. Deficiencies may play a role in the development of periodontal disease.

Keep in mind that if you’re a chronic dieter or you’ve had bariatric surgery, deficiencies are always more likely. Check with your doctor.

The mineral fluoride helps to prevent decalcification in our bodies. In other words, it helps us absorb and use calcium effectively.

It also acts topically on teeth to promote their surface health. Fluoride in saliva may help to promote remineralization of enamel.

I will add to this post more tomorrow.  If you are interested in proper supplementation, please visit my AdvoCare website at www.advocare.com/150823204/.  I am an AdvoCare Independent Distributor.

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