6 Vitamins and Minerals for Terrific Teeth and Great Oral Health
Want a whiter, brighter smile?
Then consider eating a healthy, varied diet and maybe taking a multi-vitamin too. While the more traditional advice of brushing and flossing remains valid, and cosmetic dentistry services provided in Kingston like dental whitening can certainly enhance your smile’s radiance, sound nutrition is also important.
Most people won’t be surprised to hear that calcium is an essential component of the ideal dental diet. The mineral is well known as one that provides strength and structure to bones and teeth. Additionally, if your calcium is sufficient you’ll prevent osteoporosis. Dairy foods are a good source of the mineral, but it can also be found in leafy greens, almonds, and canned salmon.
This vitamin allows your body to absorb calcium, thereby boosting bone mineral density and promoting strong teeth and bones overall. While it’s easy to get sufficient vitamin D by way of exposure to sunlight alone (15 to 30 minutes a day will do the trick), it can also be found in cod liver oil and vitamin fortified foods like some brands of milk, orange juice and cereal.
In terms of your oral health, Vitamin A’s primary benefit rests in its function in maintaining mucous membranes and salivary flow in the mouth. It helps to keep gums healthy and also prevents dry mouth. Sources of vitamin A include fish, egg yolks, and leafy greens, as well as orange fruits and veggies like butternut squash, mangoes, sweet potatoes and apricots.
You may already realize that vitamin C boosts your immune system and speeds healing, but it’s also essential for periodontal health as it promotes the growth of healthy connective tissue in the gums. Vitamin C is most plentiful in citrus fruit, berries, red bell peppers, broccoli and leafy greens.
The whole spectrum of B vitamins has an important role to play in your oral health. Sufficient levels will reduce tongue inflammation and prevent canker sores. B vitamins also protect your gums and can prevent soreness, redness and bleeding in this part of your mouth.
Though it sometimes gets a bad rap, fluoride is the only mineral proven to repair enamel and prevent tooth decay. Many cities have fluoridated water but Kingston is not one of them. Therefore, in order to reap the benefits of fluoride, it’s important to use a toothpaste that contains the mineral to brush your teeth.
Ask your dentist to find out more
Collins Bay Dental recommends a well-balanced, varied diet to ensure your mouth gets all the nutrients it needs for optimal oral wellness. Our clinic provides general, cosmetic and emergency dentistry services to all of Kingston.
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