We recently read an article that talked about North Americans and their passion for popping multivitamins to cover off any deficiencies caused by improper diet. According to this particular source, it is a peculiarly North American phenomenon and unnecessary. We found this hard to believe and embarked on a research quest of our own – but one that related to teeth of course! Are there vitamins that are good for teeth and are there any that are bad? Here is what we found out.
First and foremost we should state that as always, you want to talk to your health care practitioner and your Dentist before starting any new routine, even one that you think can only possibly be “doing good.” As with some prescription drugs, there can be side effects from taking too many vitamins. As well, some non-prescription health aids can interfere with your prescriptions so always be careful and seek medical advice first. With that said, here are some common vitamins and minerals that could be beneficial for both your oral health and general health and well-being:
- Vitamin A helps promote mucous membranes and salivary gland production both of which can help keep your mouth healthy and clear of bacteria. You can find it in fish, eggs and orange and yellow fruit and veggies.
- Vitamin B is a great possible tool for preventing canker sores and is present in chicken and beans.
- Vitamin C helps prevent inflammation generally and certainly in the gums. Broccoli, kale and berries are great sources of Vitamin C.
- Vitamin D is the biggie! Of course it helps with the absorption of calcium and is good for our mental well being as well. Just get outside for 15 minutes a day and absorb some sunshine. You will feel better and quite possibly this might affect your approach to food and lifestyle choices too – which of course is also beneficial for your oral health! Milk is another source of Vitamin D.
- It also goes without saying that Calcium is another excellent vitamin for teeth and oral health. Dairy, fish and eggs, along with green leafy vegetables, are super sources of calcium.
As for bad vitamins it’s safe to say that generally, vitamins are great but like anything – you can have “too much of a good thing.” Our Mom’s were correct when they said “all things in moderation” so again, be sure to talk to your health care practitioner about what’s right for you.
Finally, you may also wish to explore the positive side effects of Iron, Coenzyme Q10 and become educated about the possible side effects of any prescription medication you are taking. Particularly as we age, it often means we are on more meds than when we were young and since our teeth age too, we need to know how to take good care of them. Knowing what you are taking and any possible impact they may have on your oral health will help you to determine which types of vitamins you may wish to consider adding as a supplement to your normal diet. Feel free to book an appointment with the team here at Brinkley Dental in Brampton to talk about your oral health, vitamins and your teeth or to simply begin a new dental routine with a great office full of friendly staff. We guarantee to help put a smile on your face and remind you, as always, ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”