Like your doctor, your dentist also wants to you to eat healthy. And though your weight can have an effect on your oral health, your dentist is more concerned with making sure you get the nutrients you need to keep your mouth healthy.
Below are just a few nutrients that support good oral health:
• Calcium: 99% of the calcium in our bodies is stored in our bones and teeth, where it provides structural support. A reduced intake of calcium can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.
• Iron: Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies. Having a low iron concentration can result in glossitis (an inflamed tongue). Sores may also develop inside the mouth.
• Vitamin B3: Also called niacin, this essential nutrient is needed to avoid excessively bad breath and canker sores in the mouth.
• Vitamin B12 and B2: Also known as riboflavin, this is another imperative nutrient that contributes to the health of your oral soft tissue. Mouth sores are common when vitamin levels are low.
• Vitamin C: This vitamin is not only helpful for your immune system, but it also plays a crucial role in protecting your gums from bleeding easily and your teeth from getting loose prematurely.
• Vitamin D: This vitamin is one of the most important vitamins for your oral health. It’s the vitamin that supports the absorption of calcium. With low levels of vitamin D, you can develop the “burning mouth” syndrome, which causes a burning sensation in the mouth that could be accompanied by dry mouth and a metallic taste.
Maintaining a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is a great first step to supporting your oral health at any age.