Why Nutrition is Important for Periodontal Health

At Delaware Periodontics, we know how important total body health in maintaining excellent oral health. Taking the steps in early 2017 to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine will pay dividends, and prevent future visits to the periodontist.

Your eating habits and food choices play an important role in keeping the gums and teeth healthy. Just like the rest of your body, your gums and teeth need specific nutrients to stay healthy. Without these essential nutrients, you’re more prone to developing common oral health problems like gingivitis and periodontitis. Here are some nutrients that are important to your periodontal health and where you can find them.


Most of us can recall when we were urged by our parents to drink milk in order to keep our bones and teeth healthy. This mineral which is present in milk, cheese and yogurt does indeed help protect periodontal health by keeping the jaw bone strong and healthy. Calcium also strengthens tooth structure and enhances enamel remineralization. Calcium is present in the dairy products mentioned about and it can also be found in certain fish like salmon and sardines, leafy green vegetables, orange juice, soybeans and almonds.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your bones and teeth absorb calcium and works at keeping the gum tissues healthy. A lack of Vitamin C can result in receding gums which bleed. Citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C as are leafy greens, broccoli, red & yellow bell peppers, strawberries and kiwi fruit.

Folic Acid

Folic acid which is also called folate, plays a vital role in maintaining good gum health. Good sources of folic acid are dark leafy greens, beans & legumes, citrus fruits and okra.

Contact Your Dover, DE Periodontist

In addition to eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene, you also should be visiting your dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings to keep your periodontal health in check. Dr. Klassman is a periodontist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of Dover, DE dental implants. If you have any questions about periodontal health or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (302) 658-7871.