An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but getting a daily dose of certain vitamins and minerals may keep the dentist away as well.
Your everyday vitamins (yes, we’re even talking about your gummy vitamins) has benefits beyond your body — your smile needs vitamins and minerals to be healthy.
Here is a list of vitamins and minerals your body needs for a health grin:
99% of the calcium within our own bodies is stored in our bones and teeth, providing structural support. A reduced intake of calcium may result in gum disease and tooth decay.
Looking to up your calcium intake? It can be found by you in spinach, dairy products, beans, and fish .
Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies, and can result in an inflamed or sore tongue. Sores may develop inside the mouth when iron is low.
You may find iron in beans, chicken, beef, potatoes, and spinach.
This is another critical nutrient that contributes to the health of the soft tissue of your mouth. Low riboflavin levels can lead to health issues like secondary burning mouth syndrome.
Get your fill of riboflavin from spinach milk, organ meats, mushrooms, and almonds.
This vitamin is not only helpful for your immune system; it plays a critical role in protecting your gums from readily bleeding and your teeth from coming loose prematurely. Vitamin C also helps increase iron absorption.
Fill up on broccoli, fruits, strawberries, and tomatoes.
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for your oral health. It is the vitamin which encourages the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D and calcium work together to strengthen your teeth, reducing your risk for tooth decay.
You’ll find vitamin D in fatty fish like salmon, egg yolk, and fortified foods like milk and lemon juice. If you get your dose of vitamin D in the sun, make sure to slather on the SPF to protect your skin!
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