There are certain vitamins and minerals that you can take that will help keep your teeth, gums, jawbone and oral hygiene as healthy as possible. Your oral hygiene substantially affects the health of the rest of your body, so it’s in your best interest to do your best to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Remember, taking the right vitamins and minerals will help to ensure that your oral hygiene is in optimal condition but you have to continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.
Vitamins That Maintain Oral Health
The following is a list of the most important vitamins and minerals you should supplement your diet with to maintain your oral health:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
Vitamins and Their Oral Health Benefits
Vitamin A maintains the health of your saliva and mucous membranes by coating your gums and cheeks which makes them more resistant to disease-causing bacteria. Vitamin A can be easily sourced from foods like kale, carrots, cod liver oil, oatmeal, skimmed milk, fruits and vegetables, and spinach.
Vitamin B helps hinder deterioration and receding gums. It helps prevents canker sores and it helps reduce gum inflammation and overall mouth pain. Vitamin B can be sourced from meat, fish, beans, legumes and green vegetables.
Vitamin C is great for preventing gum inflammation and it helps to build and/or repair gum tissue. It keeps your gums strong and it can be sourced from such foods as strawberries, potatoes, peppers, broccoli, and kale.
Vitamin D is a very important vitamin to consume because it helps prevents gum inflammation and regulates calcium blood levels which strengthens bone tissue. Vitamin D has also been found to be able to maintain and generate new bone which helps increase the success procedures like dental implants and dental crowns. Natural sources of vitamin D include cheese, oatmeal, fish, milk, egg yolk, and red meat.
Calcium is an important vitamin that substantially increases the strength of your teeth. It decreases the chance of bone loss, hardens your tooth enamel and facilitates extra structural support for your teeth. Sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy vegetables, soy, bread, sardines, cauliflower, salmon, cabbage, and legumes.
Proper doses of iron help fight off infections in the body—including the mouth—and it boosts the immune system. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your iron levels before taking iron supplements. Natural sources of iron are red meat, eggs, seafood, bread, leafy vegetables, eggs and oatmeal.
Proper amounts of potassium in the body block substances that break down bone (osteoporosis) and improves blood clotting. It helps build bone density and when taken with magnesium will prevent the loss of important calcium. Potassium can be sourced from bananas, dairy products, beans, legumes, avocados, mushrooms, and leafy greens.
Zinc is great for fighting the growth of bacteria which can help reduce plaque and periodontal disease. Zinc can be sourced from chicken, oysters, beef, beans, nuts, mushrooms, legumes, and dark chocolate.
Talk To Your Doctor
The best way to maintain optimal oral health by regular flossing, brushing, and visiting your dentist for checkups but you can do your part to by ensuring you’re ensuring your consuming the right vitamins through food or vitamin supplements.
If you’re taking vitamin supplements, It is important to talk to your doctor about your blood levels. You want to make sure not to take too much of any particular vitamin, and thus causing an imbalance within your whole system.
About Dr. Pio Modi
After Dr. Modi graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc. in chemistry in 1997, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto in 2001. He began to practice dentistry in Brantford the following year. Throughout his career he's completed hundreds of hours of continuing education programs and has studied with some of the best educators in the industry.