Hygienist’s Advice

Written by: Trenna Nelson, RDH


At any age, a complete oral health home program includes sound nutritional habits. Many of the foods that help your body build muscles and bones also help build strong, healthy teeth and gums.

Dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D for strengthening teeth and bones. Breads and cereals supply B vitamins for growth and iron for efficient blood, which in turn contributes to healthy gum tissue. Fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C (among other important vitamins) are essential to maintaining healthy gums as well.

Lean meat, fish, poultry and beans provide iron and protein for overall good health plus magnesium and zinc for teeth and bones.

So eat well, smile often and remember to see your hygienist on a regular basis.

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