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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 607-613

Trace elements and oral health

1 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, India
2 Professor, Dept. of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, India

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Rekha PShenoy
Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore
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Trace elements are those which are present in only minute quantities in animal tissues, regardless of their abundance in nature. They influence susceptibility to oral diseases either by altering the resistance of the tooth itself or by modifying the local environment in the oral cavity. Trace elements also form an essential part of the cellular defense mechanisms against oxidative damage to the DNA. Nutritional guidance is one of the very important components of preventive dentistry today. Proper nutrition is important not only for the formation of sound teeth but also for the maintenance of oral health. Dietary recommendations made to aid in the control of oral disease are simultaneously optimal recommendations for improving general health.

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