Teeth and Vitamin Deficiencies

Vitamins and minerals are essential for good oral health.

It has long been established that a connection between oral health and overall health exists. Still, when it comes to nutrition, oral health can sometimes be overlooked.

Here’s a selection of vitamins that play a role in keeping your teeth and surrounding tissues healthy.

  • Vitamin D: Helps the body absorb calcium to make bones and teeth stronger. Sources: sunlight, fish oils

  • Calcium: Supports bone development. Sources: dairy products, some green leafy vegetables, etc.

  • Vitamin A: Maintains health in the oral tissues like the gums and the tissues lining your teeth. Sources: animal products, deep-colored fruits and vegetables, etc.

  • Vitamin C: Strengthens soft tissue, can prevent bleeding gums and aids in wound healing. Sources: citrus fruits, tomatoes, etc.

  • Vitamin B12: Fortifies tooth fibers, a deficiency can induce ulcers in the mouth. Sources: animal products

You can improve your long term oral health by incorporating some of these vitamins into your daily routine, either through food or supplements, studies show.

You should consult your primary care doctor or a registered dietitian to validate that these dietary modifications are right for you.

Please note: This is a short list of important vitamins and minerals that can affect your dentition and create oral health problems like loose teeth and bleeding gums. Visit this link for more vitamins and minerals that play a role in dental health.

 

As always, keep smiling!