Tooth decay is caused by the acid produced by the bacteria in contact with food. Certain foods are more dangerous than others: like sugars.

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet helps lower your susceptibility to health problems, including gum disease. That includes fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and protein.

What are the most important minerals and vitamins for your oral health?

  • Calcium is an integral building block of bones, muscles, joints and teeth! Some calcium-rich foods such as milk, cooked kale, yogurt, broccoli, edamame.
  • Vitamin D (found in milk, eggs, fish) is important as it helps the body absorb calcium.
  • Vitamin C (found in citric fruits, strawberries, kiwi) promotes healing and is important to healthy gums.
  • Other important nutrients are vitamin A (found in liver, carrots, sweet potatoes), vitamin B3 (found in turkey, chicken, peanuts, mushrooms), vitamins B2 (liver, milk, yogurt, mushrooms) and B12 (found in fish, dairy, eggs) and iron (found in liver, red meat, dried fruits, dark green leafy vegetables).