How Vitamins and Minerals Affect Your Teeth

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How Vitamins and Minerals Affect Your Teeth

Your body relies on your digestive system to break down food so that it can get essential vitamins and minerals. Surprisingly, your teeth are among the main parts of your body that are directly affected by the vitamins and minerals you take every day. This article shows you how vitamins affect your teeth.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A can be found in numerous foods and beverages, including leafy greens, fish, orange-colored fruits, egg yolks, liver, and other simple foods. This nutrient is essential for promoting the health of your soft tissues and speeding up the healing process. So, if you have a soft tissue injury, you’ll benefit a lot from vitamin A.

Vitamin A also prevents your mouth from drying, thus preventing a build-up of bacteria and acids in your mouth. If your mouth has enough saliva to wash away acids and bacteria that tend to damage the enamel, you can keep cavities and other related oral infections at bay.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is commonly found in citrus fruits, but it can also be obtained from other simple foods like leafy greens and potatoes. The main benefit of taking sufficient vitamin C is to boost the health of your soft tissues and prevent serious oral infections, such as gingivitis. By keeping your gums healthy and strong, this nutrient automatically prevents tooth loss because your teeth will remain firmly rooted.

Vitamin D

Unlike other nutrients, Vitamin D can be obtained from sunlight. This means exposing your skin to the sun for a few minutes every day. But it can also be found in various foods, including fatty fish, leafy greens, canned tuna, supplements, and Portobello mushrooms. This vitamin is extremely essential because it determines how much calcium your body can absorb from your small intestines.

Calcium is an important mineral because it promotes the strength of your bones, including your teeth and jawbone. If you don’t supply your body with enough vitamin D every day, your body will lack enough calcium, causing it to leach the little calcium stored in your bones. This leaves your bone frail and susceptible to fractures. Your jawbone will shrink, causing your teeth to fall off.

Vitamin K

This vitamin is mainly found in leafy greens, such as kale, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, collards, parsley, among others. Its main role in your body is to keep your bones healthy and strong, by producing osteocalcin, which is a bone-strengthening protein. Vitamin K also preserves your bone mass.

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