Oral Cancer – The Importance of Proper Nutrition
National Cancer Control Month is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you should stop your efforts to control cancer. Your mouth is one of the most sensitive areas of your body, and it shows signs of nutritional gaps very quickly. As we mentioned previously, an important and effective lifestyle choice that you can make to prevent and control cancer is proper nutrition.
Last week, we talked about the Importance of Antioxidants. Foods high in Vitamin A like sweet potato are important antioxidants that protect your body and are linked to healthy formation of teeth. It also helps your immune system to function properly and increase protection from bacterial and viral infections.
Calcium & Vitamin D
Calcium is incredibly important for strong bones and teeth, but did you know that Vitamin D is needed to help your body absorb Calcium? Some of the best sources of calcium are dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese. Not big on dairy? Try sardines, soybeans and dark leafy veggies like spinach, kale and collard greens. For Vitamin D, spend a few minutes in the sun each day. It can also be found in egg yolks, fatty fish like salmon and tuna, liver and fortified milk.
Have you had your Vitamin C today? This Vitamin is known for its immune-boosting cold-busting benefits, but did you know that it’s also important for your gum health? Vitamin C is a crucial factor in collagen production, which helps the integrity of your gum tissue. Our mouths are constantly barraged by bacteria and viruses, and consuming foods rich in Vitamin C helps the body defend, maintain and repair itself. Studies suggest that deficiencies increase your risk of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Online Resources & Warning Signs
Need ideas for nutritious foods? This website has great lists to help you find foods with the most vitamins and minerals.
Always consult with your medical doctor and our dentists before making drastic changes to your diet. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists if you are experiencing any of the following:
premature tooth loss
softening of your teeth
infections in your mouth
red, swollen or bleeding gums
You can reach our Continuing Care Team at (888) 365-6531 to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday 8am-6pm.