Vitamins, Minerals, and your Teeth
We often think of oral health as a simple matter: brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning twice a year and you’ll be fine. While this is mostly true, it can be a misleading way to think about your oral hygiene. Many other variables go into keeping your teeth and gums healthy. For instance, a whole plethora of minerals goes into making it possible for you to produce and maintain healthy gums and teeth in the first place. Fortunately, between the variety of food in our daily diet and the normalcy of taking multivitamins, many of us can get by just fine without attentively keeping track of whether we’re getting the minerals we need.
Even so, it’s never a bad idea to know what our body needs to be healthy, even if we’re getting many of these things without knowing it. To that end, let’s discuss some of the more essential vitamins and minerals for oral hygiene upkeep.
Calcium: The main building block of your teeth; this is a big part of what makes teeth the toughest part of the human body. Calcium is easily obtained through dairy products, alternative ‘milk’ (bean-based), and vitamin tablets.
Vitamin D: Increases the bioavailability of calcium and promotes higher bone mineral density. Despite our need for it, our bodies aren’t great at absorbing calcium, but vitamin D helps with that.
Phosphorous: This also increases the bioavailability of calcium. Much like vitamin D, phosphorous helps our bodies to take in more of the calcium we consume.
Potassium: Potassium encourages healthier, stronger bones. It can also help to keep the ph of your blood within the proper range, which has its own benefits for oral hygiene.
Vitamin B3: This vitamin can reduce the odds of developing canker sores and halitosis. Bad breath and mouth sores are among the symptoms of a vitamin b3 deficiency.
Vitamin B12: Reduces the odds of developing mouth sores and can be used to treat them. Regular treatment with vitamin b12 has been shown to be an effective treatment for canker sores. At your next Tulsa teeth cleaning ask the dentist how to make sure you’re taking the right vitamins in the right amounts.
Vitamin C: This vitamin helps the body to build healthy and robust gum tissue. Vitamin C helps the body with growing healthy tissue in general, including that of the gums.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K can protect your teeth and jaws, to an extent, from some of the harmful effects of bacteria.
Vitamin E: This one is an antioxidant that also helps to protect against inflammation and can lower the odds of getting gum disease.
Fluoride: Encourages remineralization of teeth and can guard against bacteria. Fluoride facilitates getting more minerals to the teeth so the body can repair wear and tear on them.
As you can see, there are many factors that go into maintaining a healthy mouth, far beyond what most of us think about when we’re brushing our teeth. Thankfully, the dentist is trained to spot deficiencies with any of these minerals or vitamins, so all we need to do is take care of that daily at-home oral hygiene maintenance and to go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning twice a year so that the dentist can take care of the rest.