Vitamins and Oral Health

Feb 7th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

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You know that a healthy diet helps you maintain a healthy body and a healthy mouth, but how exactly does this process work? A varied, balanced diet contains a multitude of nutrients that work together to keep your body functioning optimally. One type of nutrient is vitamins, and when it comes to oral health, certain vitamins are more important than others. Here’s a list of the most essential vitamins to incorporate into your diet in order to maintain a healthy mouth and an optimal oral health.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B deficiencies can lead to a number of issues with the oral mucosa being a contributor to optimal oral health, including tongue inflammation, discoloration of the tongue, cracked lips, periodontitis, and oral thrush. The B vitamins include B1, B2, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B6, Biotin, Folic Acid, and B12. Good food sources of the B vitamins include the following:

  • pork, beef, chicken, tuna, beef liver, shellfish
  • egg yolk
  • milk and ricotta cheese
  • spinach, asparagus, potatoes
  • beans
  • bananas
  • brewer’s yeast
  • fortified cereals

Vitamin C

Adequate Vitamin C prevents scurvy, which can affect wound healing. Vitamin C also prevents gum inflammation. Good sources of this essential vitamin include citrus fruits, strawberries, and broccoli.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D strengthens tooth enamel, and when paired with calcium, helps strengthen all the bones in your body. The best source of Vitamin D is getting 15 minutes of sun exposure every day. If this is not possible, you can drink milk fortified with Vitamin D or take a supplement.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E promotes healing and can help maintain healthy oral tissues. It is especially beneficial at helping prevent oral cancer. Vitamin E is often found in margarine and vegetable oils.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps with blood coagulation, so a deficiency of this vitamin could lead to excessive bleeding of the gums. It has also been shown to aid in bone formation, meaning it is helpful in maintaining strong teeth. Vitamin K is present in leafy greens, milk, eggs, and liver.

If you suspect a vitamin deficiency is affecting your oral health, contact Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental serves patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, and Benicia

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