What you eat plays a strong role in how your body feels, looks and functions. In fact, certain parts of your body demand certain vitamins to retain their health. Your mouth is no different. While you may be aware of the foods and substances that can ruin your teeth and gums, are you familiar with the nutrients that can boost your smile health? Delta Dental gives us seven vitamins to add to your diet if you want to avoid extra trips to the dentist:
This mineral is known for building strong bones and teeth. Specifically, calcium helps harden your enamel (outer tooth layer) and strengthens your jawbone.
Vitamin D goes hand in hand with calcium. It can boost bone density on its own, but its real benefit is helping the body absorb calcium.
Potassium also supports bone density, but it can pair with magnesium to prevent acidic levels in your blood, which can steal needed calcium from your teeth.
Phosphorus is another booster for building strong bones and teeth.
This vitamin acts as a protector for your bones, but it also emits a protein that helps with bone strength and is a necessity for the body’s healing process.
Vitamin C is excellent for your gums and other soft tissues in your mouth. This vitamin can even help prevent and reverse early gum disease.
Vitamin A is essential for the health of mucous membranes. It can help you avoid dry mouth and supports oral healing.
For more tips on eating for your smile health, contact Gilreath Dental Associates. We love helping patients avoid time in the dental chair beyond their routine checkups!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,