The foods we eat can have a huge impact on oral health. As most people know, foods high in sugar can cause cavities and drinks like black coffee can stain teeth. Other than sugar content or staining capabilities , different kinds of vitamins can also have a huge impact on oral health. Taking vitamin supplements can prevent tooth decay and promote healthy gums. The following vitamins can be incorporated into a balanced diet and oral health regimen.
Vitamin C prevents gum inflammation and helps to heal soft, bleeding gums. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are known to be high in this essential vitamin. Some lesser known foods that are high in Vitamin C include bell peppers and broccoli.
Vitamin A prevents dry mouth, aids in the healing inflamed gums, and helps to maintain the mucous membranes of the gums. Vitamin A can be found in beef, spinach, kale, cheese, and eggs.
Vitamin D is necessary for optimal absorption of calcium. Calcium helps with the development of healthy, strong teeth and can be found in milk and fatty fish like salmon.
Vitamins B12 and B2
A deficiency in these essential vitamins can lead to painful mouth sores. Vitamin B12 can be found in red meat, chicken, liver, and dairy products. Vitamin B2 can be found in almonds, bagels, and spinach.
An iron deficiency can also lead to mouth sores and an inflamed tongue. Iron is available in capsule form and can be found in many common foods like bran cereals and nuts.
Potassium is necessary for proper nerve function and muscle development. Legumes, bananas, and whole grains are great sources for this.
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
A niacin deficiency can be a cause of bad breath and canker sores. Adding more chicken or fish into your diet can alleviate these symptoms.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.