The food pyramid was designed to be our cheat sheet for what makes up a balanced diet.

Over time, scientists and health professionals have made changes to the food pyramid as more research has been done about what our bodies need to be healthy and well nourished.

The most recent adaptation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid recommends 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit each day. If you can honestly say you consume the suggested amount of fruits and veggies everyday, then good for you! Unfortunately, most people aren’t getting the amounts of healthy foods they need have healthy bodies and lead healthy lives.

Consume the following vitamins and minerals for oral and overall health:

  • Vitamin A prevents tooth decay and helps the formation of healthy soft tissues and teeth. To boost your intake of vitamin A, eat unpeeled sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and carrots.
  • Vitamin B is actually a complex of eights vitamins that benefit oral health and comfort by preventing inflammation. B vitamins can be found in leafy green vegetables, sweet corn, peas, and berries.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it prevents free radicals from attacking cells and causing decay. This vitamin is also vital in regeneration of your skin, bones, and connection tissue, which helps prevent gum disease. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, and red and green peppers are all sources of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, a mineral that is vital for the structure and function of the teeth and bones. Vegetable sources of vitamin D include alfalfa and mushrooms.
  • Calcium is in bok choy, collards, broccoli, kale, and turnip greens, and helps promote strong teeth and bones.

In addition to having regular dental exams and cleanings, having a balanced and nutritious diet can help to ensure healthy teeth and gums and a healthy body. Call Dr. Corbet Locke‘s dental office in Waco, Texas at (254) 776-4888 to reserve your appointment.