Folic Acid for Your Dental Health

In a recent report, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that roughly half of Americans 30 years of age and over have mild to severe gum disease. 50% is a staggering statistic and reason enough to brush and floss daily, regularly visit the dentist, and avoid tobacco. In addition, be sure to get enough folate or Vitamin B9 in your diet.

The Plusses of Folic Acid

Folic acid helps the cells in your mouth more effectively mend any damage from gum disease. Folic acid can also help reduce inflammation in the gums and help them build up resistance to plaque and harmful bacteria. Bleeding gums, a common side effect of gum disease, can also benefit from healthy amounts of folic acid. Folic acid can help prevent heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, depression, and birth defects.

How to Get Enough Folic Acid

The usual suspect for a folic acid deficiency is a poor diet. Many Americans do not receive enough folic acid through the foods they eat. Many foods like cereals, breads, and pastas are now fortified with folic acid. Be sure to check the labels on these foods to see how much of the recommended daily value you receive with each serving. The best way to get folic acid through food is to eat foods where it naturally occurs. These items include: spinach, asparagus, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, beans, lentils, and peanuts.

For more information on gum disease and your dental health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.

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