Important Nutrients for Healthy Teeth and Eyes

Posted Jan 2021

By Delta Dental of Arkansas

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Important Nutrients for Healthy Teeth and Eyes

January 2021

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Your diet has a big impact on the health of your teeth and eyes. As the new year begins, include these important nutrients in your resolutions. View the full infographic or continue reading below to learn more!

Nutrients your teeth need

CALCIUM is a big contributor to a healthy smile. It promotes strong teeth and bones, reducing the risk for tooth loss. Find it in milk, cheese, calcium-fortified juices, and other dairy products.

VITAMIN C helps protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection. Gum disease can affect the whole body. Get your daily dose from oranges and orange juice, peppers, strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes. Check this tasty recipe for Balsamic Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

FOLIC ACID promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. It’s found in leafy green vegetables, such as cabbage, kale, spring greens and spinach, broccoli, peas, and chickpeas and kidney beans.

Orange You Glad You Brushed?

While citrus fruits and juices are a good source of vitamin C, citrus contains acid that can damage tooth enamel. Make sure to brush quickly after eating or drinking citrus to keep teeth strong and healthy!

What to eat to support your eyesight

LUTEIN and Zeaxanthin help reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Eat your fill of leafy green vegetables, egg yolks, durum wheat and corn to get these important nutrients.

Vitamin E. Learn more about the nutrients your teeth needs to stay healthy and the nutrients needed for healthy eyes. Research indicates this powerful antioxidant protects cells in the eyes from unstable molecules called free radicals, which break down healthy tissue. Find it in tasty snacks, like sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts and peanut butter, as well as spinach, pumpkin and red bell pepper.

ZINC is highly concentrated in the eye and plays a vital role in producing melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. While the majority of zinc in the American diet comes from shellfish, red meat and poultry, you can also find it in nuts, seeds and dairy products.

Why healthy eyes matter to overall health

Delta Dental takes care of more than just teeth

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