How do vitamins and minerals affect your teeth?
Created on December 15, 2021
Everyone knows that the foods they eat have an impact on their overall health. But did you know that many vitamins and minerals are also beneficial for one’s oral health? The dentists at Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA are pleased to educate patients on the many ways they can improve their smile by integrating a healthy diet. Vitamins and minerals are used by the body in many different ways, and can be beneficial for individuals who are looking to take extra steps to protect their smile from disease and decay. Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi of Taylor Street Dental educate individuals on the more common vitamins and minerals that benefit the teeth and gums:
- Vitamin A – helps absorb calcium and protein and protects from dry mouth. Found in fish, spinach, carrots, and egg yolks.
- Vitamin C – strengthen the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Found in potatoes, leafy greens, and citrus fruits.
- Vitamin D – absorbs calcium to boost bone mineral density. Found in milk and natural sunlight.
- Vitamin K2 – moves calcium to the bones and teeth while blocking the breakdown of bone. Found in broccoli and kale.
- Calcium – builds and strengthens the bone that provides support for the teeth. Found in salmon, broccoli, and cheese.
- Phosphorus – protects and rebuilds tooth enamel and bone. Found in sweet potatoes, avocados, and tomatoes.
- Potassium – protects the calcium in the teeth and jaw bone from weakening. Found in eggs, fish, and meat.
Am I getting enough?
Many patients benefit from taking a multivitamin supplement every day to maintain their levels of these vitamins and minerals. Patients might also take time to talk to their primary care physician about their nutrient levels to determine if there is a deficiency that might affect their body or oral health.
Call Taylor Street Dental today!
If you want to learn more about how your diet impacts your oral health and wellness, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi by calling (413) 781-7645. We are open to new and existing patients at our facility, conveniently located in Springfield, MA at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor.