5 Essential Vitamins for Teeth and Gums

Posted by Jenny Spera May 23, 2023

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Vitamins are essential for the proper growth of teeth. They help maintain healthy, strong gums and teeth. Vitamin-rich foods are essential for healthy teeth. Listed below are vitamins that are great for your teeth.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant in the body. It’s naturally found in foods like oranges, kale, Brussels sprouts, and strawberries. You can also find it in supplement form at your local pharmacy or health foods shop. Vitamin C is essential for helping your body produce and maintain connective tissue, such as collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bone, and gums. It also helps ensure your teeth are healthy by preventing demineralization, reducing inflammation, and supporting gum health. Studies have also shown vitamin C helps strengthen teeth by causing changes in dentin structure. This helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Vitamin D

Promotes gum health, which can, in turn, help to prevent gum disease.

A lack of vitamin D can contribute to conditions such as gingivitis. Some foods that can help increase the intake of vitamin D are tuna fish, salmon, fortified cereals, yogurt, and cheeses. Sunlight exposure can also help to increase intake.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is an essential vitamin that your body needs but can’t produce on its own. It comes in eight different forms, which are just as important as the others. Most people get their vitamin B from foods. Some of the best options are meat, eggs, dairy, beans, and nuts. However, some people aren’t able to get enough vitamin B through their diet alone and will need to supplement with pills or drinks.

Vitamin B is essential for metabolism and digestion; it also changes food into usable energy. Since your teeth are technically part of your digestive system, taking enough vitamin B can help keep them strong and healthy. 

Vitamin K

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may not be getting enough vitamin K. This vitamin is necessary for blood clotting, which means it helps wounds heal faster. It’s necessary for healthy gum tissue as well, so if you notice bleeding gums, try increasing your dietary intake of this essential vitamin. You can find it in leafy greens like kale, spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard; green vegetables such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, and green beans; and dairy products. You can also find it in supplements.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that aids saliva production, which is important for dental care because it keeps teeth clean and prevents dry mouth. It also promotes the healing of gum tissue and fights off bacteria in the mouth that could cause gum disease.

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