4 Most Essential Vitamins for Teeth and Gums

Posted by Dr. Angela An on Apr 19 2023, 07:04 AM

Teeth, gums, and the mouth require many different vitamins. These vitamins help to keep the mouth healthy. Without these vitamins, the mouth may suffer from many different issues. Listed below are some of the most important vitamins:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for tooth development and bone growth in the mouth. It also protects the surface of the mouth, including the tongue and gums. For patients who have difficulty swallowing pills or capsules, topical forms may also be available. This vitamin is often included in multivitamins and supplements. It is also found in liver and fish oils.

In the elderly population, vitamin A deficiency may be linked to loss of bone density in the jaw and teeth. This is a common side effect of aging but can be prevented with adequate supplementation of vitamin A. This can lead to better oral health and a lower risk of tooth loss.

Vitamin C 

This vitamin helps to strengthen your immune system, which is crucial in fighting off oral infections. It also helps with collagen production, which is necessary for strong gums, teeth, and bones. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, kiwi fruit, strawberries, and green peppers.

Vitamin B3

Also known as niacinamide or nicotinic acid, this vitamin is essential for healthy gum tissue. It helps to protect your gums from gum disease and promotes healing. Foods that contain vitamin B3 are cottage cheese, chicken liver, lean beef, tuna, salmon, peanuts, wheat bran, brewer's yeast, sunflower seeds, flaxseed oil, eggs, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, green peas, potatoes, kale, spinach, watermelon, bananas, apples, and most vegetables.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, but your body can't produce it on its own. That's why your body relies on sunlight to make it. The vitamin is crucial for strong bones and teeth because it helps the body absorb calcium from food. Calcium is especially important to your oral health because it builds your teeth's enamel. Enamel acts as a protective layer for your teeth and gums. Without it, you would not be able to eat or speak comfortably.

Some foods contain vitamin D, as well as supplements that you can take if you're deficient. If you're deficient in vitamin D, your dentist may prescribe a specialized medication that will help reverse the issue. However, in many cases, simply getting more sun is all you need. Getting enough sunshine also helps improve your mood and reduce feelings of depression. A lack of vitamin D has also been associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.



To learn more, please reach out to the dental office located in San Mateo, CA 94401 at (650) 342-8618, and we'll be happy to help.

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