What to eat to help with dental and mouth issues

 Photo credit  Jordan Stephens

Photo credit Jordan Stephens

 

Vitamins and minerals may have a positive impact on your gums, teeth and mouth. As a guide eat more:

  • Vitamin A, helps maintain healthy mucous membranes, saliva flow and helps keep your gums healthy. Eat more: carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, and butter (in moderation due to the high fat content).
  • vitamin B1 and B2, which is found in red meats and fish like salmon and sardines.
  • Vitamin D reduces gum inflammation. Eat more: cheese, mushrooms, fortified cereals, yogurts and soy milk. Oily fish SMASH – salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and halibut. 
  • Calcium Eat more: shellfish, sardines, broccoli, dairy, nuts & seeds. 
  • Phosphorous. Eat more: garlic, onions, salmon, soya, beans & legumes (all also containing calcium)
  • Magnesium – Helps the body absorb calcium and good for teeth and bones. Eat more: leafy greens, kelp, seaweed (sushi wraps), beans and nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium.
  • ALA (alpha-lipoid acid) which is called the ‘Poor Man’s Root Canal’ treatment due to its effect at treating infection, found in the Hot Flush favourites milled linseeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds – or in their oils.  

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