Vitamins & Minerals for Healthy TeethFebruary 26, 2022 11:54 pm
While brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist are essential for healthy teeth, your smile needs enough vitamins and minerals too! You can obtain vitamins and minerals come from food, but you can take supplements if you need to. Which nutrients are good for your teeth and gums?
Calcium builds strong, healthy bones and teeth. When you eat calcium-rich foods like leafy greens, plain yogurt, and cheese, your body uses the mineral to prevent cavities and form strong enamel.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Sunlight is the best source. You only need about 5-20 minutes of sun exposure (without sunscreen) to get enough, so be sure to wear protection after that. You can also obtain this vitamin from foods like eggs and fatty fish.
Like vitamin D, your body needs magnesium to absorb enough calcium and build strong tooth enamel. Without enough magnesium, you might experience problems like loose teeth and even tooth loss. Be sure to eat foods like leafy greens, seeds, nuts, and whole grains to get enough magnesium.
Found in orange foods like sweet potatoes and carrots, vitamin A helps your body build strong tooth enamel and healthy gum tissue. Vitamin A also helps with saliva production, which rinses bacteria and plaque from your teeth.
Phosphorus is a mineral mostly found in your bones and teeth. In conjunction with calcium, phosphorus helps build strong enamel. You can easily get enough phosphorus by eating whole grains, meat, beans, nuts, and dairy products.
Combine a Healthy Diet with Routine Dental Visits!
All patients, including kids, need vitamins and minerals for strong, healthy teeth! If you have any questions about tooth-friendly foods or want to schedule your child’s routine cleaning, please contact Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces today! We look forward to hearing from you.