Vitamins That Promote Healthy SmilesSaturday, January 26th, 2013, 8:47 pm
People discovered a long time ago that vitamins have an effect on healthy smiles — remember sailors on long voyages experiencing scurvy? Sailors lived on dried grains and meats and didn’t have access to the vitamin C in fresh vegetables so they ended up with spongy gums and tooth loss. Actually the effect of vitamin deficiency on healthy smiles has been described as far back as Hippocrates and herbal cures for the problem are found in cultures worldwide.
Scurvy isn’t the only bad thing that can happen to your healthy smile if you are short on the right vitamins. Here are a few you need to know about:
- Vitamin A helps maintain saliva flow and healthy mucous membranes. Get yours from sweet potatoes, melon, spinach and beef liver.
- Vitamin B-1 fights inflammation and helps keep your gums a healthy pink. Sunflower seeds and many vegetables are good sources.
- Vitamin B-2 prevents those little cracks, or flakes that form at the corners of your mouth. This condition is called cheilosis and milk products, mushrooms and lean beef are good sources of B-2.
- Vitamin B-5 helps with the healing of oral tissues. If you have had recent oral surgery you might want to increase your intake of egg yolks and liver.
- Folic Acid is another B vitamin, B-9, and helps fight yeast growth and the symptoms of chronic gum inflammation. Beef liver, spinach, greens and asparagus are all full of this nutrient.
- Vitamin C will ensure you don’t get scurvy like those sailors. Actually vitamin C is required for our bodies to make collagen which is necessary for healthy gums. Citrus fruit is full of vitamin C.
- Vitamin D is needed to build strong bones and teeth. While sun exposure causes our bodies to create this vitamin, most people need supplements to ensure a proper level.
- Calcium is another bone and teeth builder. Get yours from low fat dairy products and leafy greens.
- Magnesium goes hand in hand with calcium when it comes to building bones and teeth. Supplements may be needed for magnesium as well.
A good multi-vitamin can make sure that you have all of these essential nutrients but getting as many as possible from a healthy diet is even better. Researchers are discovering that calcium ingested as food is better for us than calcium taken as a supplement.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit. Your healthy diet and our fabulous dental team can ensure a healthy smile for life!