Nutrition and Your Teeth

A well-balanced diet is one of your best defences against poor oral health. Proper amounts of vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates and good fatty acids allow your body to ward off infection and disease, including infections in your gums and on your teeth.

Harmful acids and bacteria are left behind in your mouth after eating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. Problem foods include carbonated beverages, some kinds of fruit juices, and many kinds of starchy foods like pasta, bread and cereal. While no clear links have been made between gum disease and a poor diet, nutrition problems (including obesity and overeating) can create conditions that make gum disease easier to contract.