The Most Important Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Teeth and Gums

You know that brushing and flossing help keep your smile healthy and cavity-free, but what about your diet? Your teeth and gums utilize the vitamins and minerals you consume to stay strong and healthy, so eating a healthy diet can be just as important as oral care when it comes to your teeth and gums. What are the most important vitamins and minerals for your oral health? Check out some of the best ones below!

Calcium

Your teeth need calcium to grow properly and stay strong throughout your life. In fact, your tooth enamel is composed of mostly calcium phosphate. Proper calcium intake is essential for keeping your teeth strong and resistant to cavities. Calcium works with other vitamins and minerals to support tooth health. Since teeth are at risk to become “demineralized” throughout your life—meaning your tooth enamel essentially weakens and becomes more susceptible to decay—continuing to get enough calcium is essential [1].

Vitamin A

Although it may not seem like a key player in your oral health, vitamin A is essential for preventing dry mouth, gum disease, gum inflammation, and even tissue changes in the oral cavity [2]. Getting enough vitamin A may lower your risk for oral disease and support healthy oral tissues, not to mention boost your immunity for better overall health.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a mineral that works with calcium and vitamin D to help keep teeth strong. In fact, the majority of the body’s phosphorus exists in the bones and teeth [3]. Phosphorus is important because it allows your body to utilize calcium. Without enough phosphorus, teeth may be more subject to damage such as chips and cracks.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D works with calcium and phosphorus to help your teeth stay strong. However, the benefits of vitamin D go beyond your actual teeth. Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory functions which can help support periodontal (gum) health and potentially lower your risk of gum disease [4]. With an estimated billion people worldwide being deficient in vitamin D, it’s crucial to ensure you are getting enough of it.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C isn’t just great for your immune system—it can help lower inflammation, support tissue repair, and keep your gums healthy. Vitamin C also supports collagen production in the body [5]. You can think of collagen as the “glue” that helps hold your tissues together. So by supporting collagen production, vitamin C helps keep teeth and gums in place and lowers your risk for bleeding gums and tissue loss in the oral cavity as the result of gum disease.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K supports bone and teeth health and has the potential to help prevent cavities. Research shows that vitamin K2 may help improve the ability of saliva to protect teeth against the acids from what we eat and drink [6]. Since saliva plays a crucial role in keeping teeth healthy, it’s worth ensuring you’re getting enough vitamin K for your smile.

Is Your Smile Getting Enough Nutrients?

The best way to know if your smile is getting enough nutrients is to visit your dentist regularly and see your primary care physician for annual bloodwork. Your doctor and dentist will help you take the best possible care of your teeth for life.

Sources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5034904/
2.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/294428415_Vitamin_A_and_Oral_Health_A
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3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4526155/
4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28161532/
5. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2021.805809/full
6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987715000328

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Eating a healthy diet can be just as important as oral care when it comes to your teeth and gums. What are the most important vitamins and minerals for your oral health? Check out some of the best ones below!
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