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Nutrition and Oral Health
Why Is Calcium Important?
Calcium is one of the most important and abundant minerals in the body. Besides providing the skeletal structure for bones and teeth, calcium plays a key role in many other day-to-day functions of the body.
Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by Malnutrition
Would you recognize malnutrition in a parent or grandparent? Malnutrition occurs when the body is not getting enough nutrients.
Smart Snacks Help Keep Your Teeth Cavity-Free
Cavities start when the hard surface of the tooth, or tooth enamel, breaks down as a result of exposure to harmful acids. Bacteria in the mouth interact with food left on the teeth to produce those acids.
Sweet Sugar Swaps
Almost all foods, including health fruits and vegetables, contain some type of sugar. All sugar, even in nutritious foods, can contribute to tooth decay.
Sweetness and Light: What You Need to Know About Sugar
Sugar fuels the body and every cell in it. A variety of foods naturally contain sugar. The most common sugars are in fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose). No matter how sugar starts out, your body turns it into glucose.
Vitamins and Minerals Play Important Roles in Bone Health
Many vitamins and minerals are beneficial to teeth and bone health. Calcium is a central player, of course.
Can Going Veggie Affect Your Teeth?
Vegetarians who skip meat and vegans who avoid all animal products may have a higher risk for periodontal (gum) disease and other oral health problems.
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