Do you have a healthy diet that contains all the vital nutrients your body needs to stay healthy? Since this March is National Nutrition Month, there’s no better time to learn about necessary vitamins you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. By eating the right foods or taking supplements, you can reduce your risk of developing common oral issues such as gum disease and cavities. Read on to learn five vital nutrients for healthy teeth and gums.
Calcium can help strengthen your jawbone as well as your tooth enamel. Your enamel is crafted from calcium and phosphorous as your teeth begin growing, which protects the more vulnerable, inner-portion of your teeth that houses nerves and soft tissues. If your diet isn’t rich in this nutrient, try eating more white dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, canned salmon, sardines, or even certain cereals. With a calcium-rich diet, you can count on healthy bones as well as strong enamel.
As mentioned above, calcium isn’t the only mineral that makes up your tooth enamel. Phosphorous is another mineral found in your body, mostly in your teeth. It helps repair your body’s tissues as well as fight off enamel-eroding acid in your mouth and can be found in protein-rich foods such as meats, eggs, nuts, and dairy. You can also get this vitamin by eating certain whole grains and dried fruits.
Vitamin D is a vital nutrient when it comes to strengthening your bones as well as your tooth enamel. It allows your intestines to absorb the calcium you consume and travel through your bloodstream to get to parts of your body that need it. Without enough vitamin D, your body can take it from your bones, making them weaker and more brittle over time.
Vitamin C can help protect your gums by increasing blood flow and strengthening the tissues that support your teeth. It also allows your gums to heal faster and fight off the effects of harmful oral bacteria more easily. People who are deficient in this nutrient often notice that their gums bleed more easily. Vitamin C can be found in foods such as citrus, berries, and spinach.
Many people aren’t aware that Vitamin A is just as good for your eyes as it is for your mouth. It keeps oral tissues and mucus membranes healthy, defending your gums from harmful oral bacteria. It’s typically found in meat like poultry and in dairy.
A great way to optimize your oral health is to make sure you’re getting all of the vitamins and minerals listed above. A nutritious diet paired with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist can help ward off common oral health problems and preserve your smile for years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Parnam Mohanna has been working in the dental world for over 26 years. He is passionate about helping his patients keep their smiles healthy by providing them with the tools and knowledge they need. He regularly advances his education in dental topics including implants, oral sedation, and root canal therapy, to name a few. For questions or to schedule a checkup and cleaning to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, visit Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry’s website or call 918-216-1000.