Keeping Your Alveolar Healthy

What is your alveolar, you may wonder? It is the top of your jawbone–the part your teeth are seated in–and it is called the alveolar ridge. You can feel it when rubbing your finger against your gum. It is the bone that protrudes under your gum, just above your teeth. This bone is very important because if it becomes unhealthy you can lose your teeth. The alveolar bone surrounds your teeth. Your alveolar and connective tissue are what anchor your teeth in place. That’s why it is important to keep your alveolar healthy.


If you happen to lose a tooth due to trauma, an accident, decay, or some other reason and you want to replace it with an implant; you need a healthy jawbone to do so. Periodontal disease can compromise your alveolar ridge because the pathogenic bacteria associated with gum disease weaken the bone and can literally disintegrate it. If that is the case, you will need a bone graft which will return the strength and health of the bone so it can hold an implant.

Healthy Eating

You can maximize the nutritional benefits for your alveolar bones and teeth by preparing meals that combine ingredients rich in the vitamins D, C and E, as well as calcium.

Vitamin E: Gum disease has been associated with having low levels of vitamin E in your gingival tissue. To help combat that issue, eat avocados, almonds, and use olive and canola oils when preparing meals.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps produce collagen, a protein important to your bones, teeth, and connective gingival tissue. Maintain your vitamin C levels by eating dark leafy greens, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, kiwi, and other citrus fruits.

Vitamin D: You need an adequate amount of vitamin D to properly use the calcium in your body.  Foods that contain vitamin D include cheese, eggs, milk, and fatty fish.

Calcium: Many of the same foods that contain vitamin D contain calcium including leafy greens, milk, cheese, yogurt, and seafood.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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