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Vitamins are great for your health, and the best part is that you get most of them already from a well-balanced diet. Not everyone has the opportunity to eat healthy though, or simply don’t eat enough of certain foods, and miss out on vitamins critical to your oral health. Scientists and dentists have long know that certain vitamins are more critical to your mouth than others, and given the importance of your oral health to the well-being of the rest of your body and your brain, keeping a healthy mouth is a great step towards leading a better life. We’ve put together a list of the top three vitamins that save your teeth and help your smile.
Vitamin A is what is known as a fat-soluble vitamin. This basically means that they are stored in the liver and adipose (body fat!) tissues. What this also means is that it is possible to ingest too much Vitamin A, so be careful supplementing Vitamin A!
That being said, Vitamin A is crucial to the healthy development of your teeth. Vitamin A also promotes good vision, great skin, and soft tissues in your body. Part of the process of your body absorbing Vitamin A involves beta-carotenes, which are antioxidants that help clean your body. Popular foods with proper levels of Vitamin A are Carrots, Dark Leafy Greens, Liver (Pâté), Cantaloupe, dried Dried Apricots, and Sweet Potatoes.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a bit different than Vitamin A in that it is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it is cleansed from the body once you have absorbed the required amount. It is essentially impossible to over-supplement with Vitamin C, and it is recommended to be taken daily (follow the directions on the bottle).
Proper levels of Vitamin C has a noticeable impact on the health of your teeth and gums, and it helps your body absorb proper levels of iron. Along with being an antioxidant, Vitamin C has been proven in clinical trials to help increase your natural ability to heal cuts and wounds. Guave, Oranges, Kiwi, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, and Cantaloupe all have large amounts of Vitamin C and eating them regularly can replace supplements.
Vitamin D is created by your body after spending a bit of time on the sun. It usually only takes around ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine a few times a week for your body to synthesize the proper amount of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is one of the key components required by your body for proper calcium absorption and phosphorus levels in your bloodstream, which are critical for your teeth and bones. Most types of Fish, Milk, Eggs, and Cheeses have Vitamin D, and combined with some sunshine can help your body and your smile.
If you have questions about vitamins, or are even looking for some diet tips, it’s time to set up an appointment with Irvine Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai. Call us at 949-553-1111 or click below to get in touch with Barranca Dental Excellence in Irvine, Orange County California. Se Habla Español!
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