Periodontal Health through Nutrition

To assist our patients achieve an optimal periodontal treatment result, Dr. Novack has provided the following important nutritional information.  It has been demonstrated that nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining and restoring tissue integrity, wound healing, bone metabolism and resistance to infection. This is especially crucial following oral-periodontal surgery. In consultation with a registered dietitian who has investigated the role of nutrition and the specific requirements for optimum periodontal healing, a dietary plan has been prepared for our patients.  Those nutrients which directly influence periodontal healing are listed in the chart below.

Recommended Preoperative + Postoperative Daily Food Guideline

Food Group Svgs/Day Serving Size Nutrients Provided
Bread, cereal, rice 6-10 1 slice bread Thiamin, riboflavin, iron,
foliate, pasta   ½ cup cooked rice, pasta zinc, fiber, Vit B6
Vegetables 5 1 cup raw leafy; ½ cup cooked Vit A, C, foliate, fiber, riboflavin, Vit K
Milk, yogurt, cheese 2-3 1 glass of milk x3 daily, 1 ½ oz cheese, 2 oz processed cheese Calcium
Fruit 2-3 blueberries, banana Vit C, fibre
Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, nuts Use Sparingly 2-3 oz cooked lean meat, poultry, fish;  ½ cup cooked beans or 1 egg equals 1 oz lean meat, 2 Tblsp peanut butter Protein, iron, zinc, niacin, Vit B6, Vit B12, thiamin, Vit D, foliate, riboflavin
Fats, oils Use Sparingly