Open Wide for Vitamins and Minerals

Posted on March 4, 2014 in General oral health

Have you ever walked down the supplement aisle at the supermarket only to feel overwhelmed by the green and gold bottles everywhere? Well, many of those are nutrients your body needs to function at its best and stay healthy.

The best way to get your vitamins and minerals is not by bottle, but by diet. Many food staples in our diet provide all we need, but in some cases, a deficiency can cause unwelcome side effects.

Below are just a few nutrients that support good oral health:

• Calcium: 99% of the calcium in our bodies is stored in our bones and teeth where it provides structural support. A reduced intake of calcium can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.

• Iron: Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies. Having a low iron concentration results in glossitis (an inflamed tongue). Sores may also develop inside the mouth when iron is low.

• Vitamin B3: Also called Niacin, this essential nutrient is needed to avoid excessively bad breath and developing canker sores in the mouth.

• Vitamin B12 and B2: Also know as Riboflavin, this is another imperative nutrient that contributes to the health of your oral soft tissue. Mouth sores are common when vitamin levels are low.

• Vitamin C: This vitamin is not only helpful for your immune system; it plays a crucial role in protecting your gums from bleeding easily and your teeth from getting loose prematurely.

• Vitamin D: Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for your oral health. It is the vitamin that supports the absorption of calcium. With low levels of Vitamin D, you will develop the “burning mouth” syndrome. Burning mouth syndrome causes a burning sensation in the mouth that could be accompanied by dry mouth and a metallic taste.

Maintaining a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is a great first step to supporting your oral health at any age!

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