What to eat to help with dental and mouth issues
Vitamins and minerals may have a positive impact on your gums, teeth and mouth. As a guide eat more:
- Vitamin A, helps maintain healthy mucous membranes, saliva flow and helps keep your gums healthy. Eat more: carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, and butter (in moderation due to the high fat content).
- vitamin B1 and B2, which is found in red meats and fish like salmon and sardines.
- Vitamin D reduces gum inflammation. Eat more: cheese, mushrooms, fortified cereals, yogurts and soy milk. Oily fish SMASH – salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and halibut.
- Calcium Eat more: shellfish, sardines, broccoli, dairy, nuts & seeds.
- Phosphorous. Eat more: garlic, onions, salmon, soya, beans & legumes (all also containing calcium)
- Magnesium – Helps the body absorb calcium and good for teeth and bones. Eat more: leafy greens, kelp, seaweed (sushi wraps), beans and nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium.
- ALA (alpha-lipoid acid) which is called the ‘Poor Man’s Root Canal’ treatment due to its effect at treating infection, found in the Hot Flush favourites milled linseeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds – or in their oils.