Are you like many other people who know that they should minimize the amount of sugary foods and beverages they consume if they want to keep their teeth healthy and strong? Knowing what you should be eating and drinking to encourage strong, healthy teeth and gums is just as important. The following nutrition recommendations will aid in helping you know what to consume and why. 


According to a study performed by the University of Harvard, consuming foods that have omega-3 fatty acid can reduce your chances of getting gum disease. Examples of fatty fish that contain omega-3 are salmon, sardines and fresh tuna. The fatty acid can also be found in other foods substances such as canola oil. If you know that you do not consume enough foods that contain omega-3, consider using a supplement that contains the fatty acid in DHA and/or EPA form, which are the specific types the study linked to reduced occurrence of gum disease. 

Vitamin D and Calcium

Deficiencies in Vitamin D could result in tooth loss since strong teeth and bones require calcium. When this vitamin is ingested, it helps the body to absorb calcium. Perhaps milk comes to mind when you think of Vitamin D, but you can get this vitamin from other food sources. Examples of other foods are cheese, egg yolks, salmon, and foods such as juice and cereal that are fortified with Vitamin D. If you have been avoiding milk and milk products due to a cow milk allergy or a special diet, consider trying other types of milk such as goat, soy or almond milk. You could also take a supplement to make up for deficiencies. 


This is an antioxidant that is found in green tea. One study concluded that regular consumption of green tea promotes healthy teeth and gums, and it is believed that the catechin found in green tea acts as an inhibitor to inflammation. If you need another oral hygiene related reason to drink more green tea, then you should be delighted to know it also has been found to make breath smell fresher than gum and mints

Vitamin C

This vitamin has properties that promote wound healing, and it is also necessary to keep gum tissue healthy. Brussel sprouts and peppers are high in Vitamin C. Citrus fruits are also good sources of vitamin C. If you decide to consume citrus juices instead of actually eating the fruit, beware of sugars that may be added. Also, keep in mind that juices are acidic. If possible, drink them through a straw to protect the enamel on your teeth.  

For more information on dental health, talk to a professional like those at Discovery Dental.