The cold, dreary days of winter fade into memory as the colors, sounds, and smells of spring emerge. Spring is a wonderful time to renew your house, your mind, and your commitment to your health. In addition to brushing and flossing regularly (a little spring cleaning for your smile, if you will), try enjoying these springtime activities that can actually promote healthier teeth and gums.

1. Let the Sun Shine In

Since the 1920s, scientific research across several countries has confirmed that vitamin D boosts the body’s ability to metabolize calcium in a way that promotes stronger bones and teeth. Since then, research has confirmed that receiving adequate amounts of vitamin D can dramatically slow the progression of tooth decay. Although foods like fortified dairy, soy milk, eggs, and canned fish and supplements are acceptable sources of vitamin D, experts agree that time in the sun is the best way to get your daily dose. Depending on your skin type and your geographical location, you may need as little as 5 minutes in direct sunlight (without sunscreen) or as much as half an hour.

2. Take a Hike . . . Literally

A recent report published in the Journal of Dentistry suggests that regular exercise is effective in preventing gum disease. Researchers examined the oral health, specifically the presence of gum disease, in adults over the age of 18 who had practiced relatively stable exercise habits for a ten year period. Even after factoring for outside issues like age, BMI, ethnicity, and smoking, the study found that people who exercised regularly enjoyed lower rates of gum disease. The lesson? Head outside and enjoy a brisk walk or jog this spring.

3. Eat More of These Superfoods

Like autumn, spring offers up its own cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables. Asparagus and artichokes make savory warm side dishes that pack plenty of antioxidants, vital to keeping the gums and oral tissues healthy. Dark leafy greens life spinach and arugula provide a wide range of salad options and contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, and calcium, all necessary nutrients for strong, healthy teeth. Springtime also brings us a wealth of berries, from juicy strawberries to tart, vibrant raspberries. Berries pack a lot of fiber and high levels of vitamin C, both of which support a healthy body and smile.

About Mansfield Dental Associates:

At Mansfield Dental Associates, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris share the same vision and philosophy when it comes to patient care. We provide thorough, compassionate preventive dental services in addition to effective treatments for teeth grinding and TMJ pain. Contact our Mansfield, TX dentist office at 817-473-6227 to schedule your next appointment.