Maintaining a healthy mouth is a very complicated and complex process. We recommend brushing, flossing and eating right, as well as avoiding sugar, hard food, tongue rings and not biting your nails etc. Sometimes this may all seem like too much work altogether… But it is well WORTH it! You just have to add up how much time you use your mouth and teeth per day. Add up the time you eat, talk, smile, whistle, sing or snack and you will find out how much you use your mouth. And I can tell you, it’s a whole lot!!
So now I have an extra task for you to do. Think about these dental health supplements to keep your mouth in good shape:
Vitamin D (sunshine vitamin) and Calcium – Studies indicate that Vitamin D improves periodontal health because of known benefits to bone metabolism as well as anti-inflammatory activity in the body. A combination of daily supplements of calcium (500 mg) and vitamin D (700 IU) is associated with lower risk of tooth loss. Here’s an article on this.
Magnesium (Mg) – Lack of magnesium is associated with periodontal disease. Adequate levels of magnesium in the body are also essential for the absorption and metabolism not only of vitamin D but of calcium as well. See link for details.
Vitamin A – Besides aiding with vision, Vitamin A also helps with the development of healthy teeth and gums. As well, Vitamin A contains beta-carotene, which has antioxidant properties. These antioxidants assist in getting rid of free radicals, chemicals that speed up decay in the body.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – Vitamin C assists with the absorption of iron, maintains healthy connective tissues, and promotes strong teeth and gum tissue. People should take in Vitamin C every day because Vitamin C is water-soluble and is washed out of the body once it has what it needs (link).
Please follow a balanced diet of vegetables, fruit, grains and meat as recommended by the Health Guidelines. Also, avoid processed foods, added sugar and carbonated drinks. Your teeth and body will thank you!