Foods for good oral health

Many of the foods you eat to build strong muscles and bones also help build strong teeth and gums.

Dairy products—Provide calcium and vitamin D for strengthening teeth and bones.

Breads and cereals—Contain B vitamins for growth and iron for healthy blood, both contribute to healthy gum tissue.

Fruits and vegetables—Include vitamin C (among other important vitamins), which is essential to maintaining healthy gums.

Lean meat, fish, poultry and beans—Supply iron and protein for good overall health, as well as magnesium and zinc for healthy teeth and bones.

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