An often overlooked part of your body – the mouth – just like other parts of the body requires specific vitamins and nutrients.
The mouth too is a living, changing environment like other parts of the body and treatment from just the outside (flossing and brushing) won’t fix your oral problems. You need to address it from the inside too.
Ask yourself – are you getting sufficient minerals and vitamins for maintaining healthy gums and teeth?
Here’s a way for you to eat yourself to a healthy smile with the help of these minerals and vitamins that your mouth needs
Although Vitamin A is most often associated with good eyesight, it also helps the mouth by boosting saliva production. Saliva helps in eliminating bacteria as well as food particles that are lodged in the mouth and hence reducing the risk of formation of cavities. By coating the cheeks and gums with mucous, Vitamin A keeps them healthy and disease free. Lastly, it ensures that your gums heal properly and thoroughly.
Vitamin A can be found in carrots, green leafy vegetables, sweet potato, fish, orange fruit and vegetables like peppers and egg yolk.
B vitamins are stress busters. Apart from keeping stress levels under control, B Vitamins aid in improving oral health by reducing inflammation of the tongue and keeping painful canker sores from making an appearance. Two key ingredients – riboflavin and niacin make this possible.
B Vitamins can be found in poultry, red meat, fish, dairy products, legumes, spinach and almonds.
For vegetarians, they might not be able to get enough Vitamin B12 from their diet and hence may to take supplements.
Vitamin C is vital for keeping gum tissues healthy and strong. A deficiency of this vitamin can bring with it an army oral problems like gum disease, bleeding gums, etc. Moreover, the connective tissue of the gum is strong because of Vitamin C. Lack of it causes the tissues that hold the teeth in place to become weak, gums can bleed, teeth can become loose or you could be prone to gum disease. Being a powerful and strong antioxidant, Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and speeds up the healing process.
Foods rich in Vitamin C are broccoli, citrus fruits, berries, kale sweet potato and peppers.
Calcium is already well-known in the department of teeth for keeping teeth healthy and strong – with good reason! Not just your bones and supporting bones but your teeth too are largely made up of calcium. We don’t want our teeth to get all wobbly due to lack of it! Calcium is responsible for the development of teeth and bones. If you don’t get sufficient amounts of calcium, it is leeched from the other bones in your body. A consequence of calcium deficiency is a weak jaw which results in brittle teeth, loosening of teeth or even loss of teeth.
Calcium can be found in green leafy vegetables, dairy products, legumes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, almonds and fatty fish (mackerel or salmon). Alternatively, supplements are available too which will help your teeth improve and also enhance and boost bodily functions in numerous other areas like help nerves in functioning, regulate heartbeat, form blood clots or help muscles contract.
In order to absorb calcium, our bodies require Vitamin D. Without Vitamin D, even though there is sufficient calcium in your body, your body can’t control how much is being absorbed. Lack of Vitamin D can lead to incompetent mineralising of the bone which forms in the jaw and therefore this causes the tooth to be weakly anchored into the bone. In due course of time, this can result in the gums eroding and even loss of the tooth.
This list comprises of few minerals and vitamins there are more which help the teeth like fluoride, Vitamin E, iron, potassium, zinc, iodine, etc.