Vitamins For Healthy Teeth

Updated: Aug 6


It goes without saying that you are what you eat. Similarly, your teeth and gums are strengthened by proper nutrition and wholesome consumption. With the right vitamins intake, your oral health will experience benefits.


1. Calcium

Calcium is good for both your bones and teeth as it helps in their formation and maintenance. It helps to strengthen the structure and promotes good health. Milk and dairy products are an excellent source of calcium as the calcium provided is easily absorbed by the body. Salmon and sardines also provide calcium in good amounts. For vegans, calcium can be derived from certain kinds of cereals and vegetables


2. Phosphorus

Phosphorous is an important vitamin and besides calcium, phosphorous is the next most common vitamin found in the human body. Phosphorus aids in the maintenance and repair of tissues and helps to keep bone structures strong and in good shape. Phosphorus can be found in protein-rich foods. Common sources include legumes, dairy, eggs, nut and meats. It is also found in whole grains and dried fruits.


3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D's key function is in aiding the absorption of calcium in the intestines and helping move calcium to the bloodstream. Foods such as milk and breakfast cereals contain Vitamin D.


4. Vitamin C

Unlike other vitamins which are good for the tooth and bone structures, Vitamin C is good for the gums and soft tissues. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the formation of blood vessels and tissues that support the teeth. Vitamin C is also important for healing and people who are deficient in it are more prone to bleeding gums. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits such as oranges, spinach, brussel spouts and berries.


5. Vitamin A

Like the other vitamins, Vitamin A contributes to the formation and maintenance of tissues like teeth and mucus membranes. Vitamin A comes in two forms, preformed vitamin A and provitamin A. Preformed vitamin A is found in meat, dairy, poultry. On the other hand, provitamin A is found in fruits and vegetables and is converted into the active form of vitamin A.


It is important to consume vitamins, however consuming too much vitamins may not be ideal. Taking dietary supplements may interact or interfere with some prescription medications.

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