The Facts on Oral Health and Nutrition

Published on November 16, 2016 by

As you know, your diet can have a huge impact on your overall health. But did you know that your diet can also impact your dental health? Furthermore, your child’s diet can have a major impact on their dental health. Naturally, foods like sugar and coffee can have an immediate impact, but the vitamins and minerals your child gets—or doesn’t get—can have a long-term impact.

For example, if your child has a vitamin B deficiency, they could get canker sores, bad breath, or experience a burning feeling in their mouth. A Vitamin C deficiency could lead to bleeding gums and infections. This also makes it harder to fight off infections. Finally, a vitamin D, calcium, or magnesium deficiency could all weaken your child’s teeth.

There are a number of things you can do to prevent these issues, but the most effective thing you can do is supplement your child’s diet with the vitamins minerals they need. For example, if your child is missing vitamin C, you could consider giving them dark vegetables and peppers. Similarly, some fruits, such as strawberries and kiwis may be helpful. Fatty fish can also be useful if your child is facing a vitamin D, magnesium, or calcium deficiency.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to help your child get the nutrients they need, and what these nutrients can do for your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact David Gonzalez at 619-422-5365. Dr. David Gonzalez and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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