23 Jun The Building Blocks of Healthy Teeth and Gums
Many of our patients at H.A.B. Dental in Boca Raton along with those at our dental office in Boynton Beach take a multivitamin with minerals every day for their health. But when Boynton Beach dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian asks them if it contains the vitamins and minerals necessary for good dental health they are often stumped.
Taking a vitamin pill seems like such an easy thing to do to help support your health, right? But if you take a multivitamin, do you look at the label to see what vitamins and minerals it contains – and how much of each are present?
Support for your Dental Health
You might want to take a little time to find out what vitamins and minerals are important for your stage of life. Ask your doctor or do some research online. Some vitamins are better for some folks than for others. When it comes to your teeth and gums, there are definitely some building blocks that you should look for.
Here are some of the most important vitamins and minerals for your dental health:
This is one of the most significant vitamins not only for your teeth but for your health in general. According to VeryWellHealth, vitamin D is key to building healthy bones. It helps your body to absorb calcium from your food, and calcium – like your mom probably told you when you were a kid – is essential when it comes to building strong bones. Well, it’s also essential for creating your tooth’s enamel. And Vitamin D is important for your body’s immune system, too – and that includes the immune response needed to repair infected teeth.
This element, along with vitamin D, helps your body to absorb calcium and distribute it around your body, helping your immune system fight all kinds of diseases and protect your teeth.
You may know that calcium is important for strong, healthy bones, but as mentioned before, calcium is also critical for healthy teeth.
The experts at Nutritional Outlook recommend vitamin A because it helps with saliva production. Saliva is essential for cleaning harmful bacteria and food particles from between teeth and gums.
Nutritional Outlook also suggests vitamin C. This vitamin is extremely important because of its ability to fight gum inflammation. If you don’t have enough vitamin C, your teeth can get loose and your gums can bleed, but also you can get gum diseases like scurvy (even though rare nowadays) and gingivitis.
It’s always best to get essential nutrients from food, but when that’s not always possible, taking a multivitamin is a good backup plan. Boca Raton dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian from H.A.B. Dental in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach suggests sticking to pills or capsules, though. Gummies may contain excess sugar and can stick to your teeth, which means they could do just as much damage as good.