Teeth and Gums Need More than Good Hygiene
Although good oral hygiene is necessary for healthy teeth and gums, what you eat and the vitamins supplied by your foods are equally as important for maintaining good oral health.
Unfortunately, many times our diets do not provide the nutrients and vitamins necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, so vitamin supplements can be the answer.
Vitamins for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Vitamin C is not only good for preventing gum inflammation, but essential for bleeding gums as well. In conjunction with Vitamin C, bioflavonoids of natural fruits and vegetables can help prevent plaque buildup and fight cavity forming bacteria. Good natural sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers and potatoes.
Vitamin A is another essential supplement for the healing of inflamed gum tissue. Beef, milk, liver, cheese and eggs are all natural sources of Vitamin A. If you suffer from elevated cholesterol, take a Vitamin A supplement with your meals for effective absorption.
Vitamin D is beneficial for the absorption of calcium which aids in the development of strong and healthy teeth. Sun exposure is the best source of Vitamin D but make sure to use proper sun protective products. Fatty fish, milk and cheese are good natural sources of Vitamin D as well.
Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, can be taken in capsule form or opened and rubbed on gums for healing gum tissue. Some good sources of Vitamin E are sunflower seeds, turnip greens, tomato paste and peanut butter.
Vitamin B dificiency can cause various oral health problems like toothaches, receding gums, and sensitivity of the mucous membranes in the mouth. Foods rich in Vitamin B are mushroom, meat and fish. A Vitamin B complex supplement is best taken in sublingual form, under the tongue, for optimal absorption.
Schedule Regular Checkups
Of course, the most important part of good oral health is to have regular checkups with your dental professional, Ocean County dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem.
Dr. Rotem knows the importance of good diet and good oral hygiene, but not everyone has the opportunity to experience good health.
For a complete and thorough exam and consultation, contact Dr. Rotem today and begin your regimen to good overall health through good oral health.