Maintain the health of your mouth with vitamins and minerals

Having a healthy mouth is essential, not only because of the mouth itself, but because it is a way of preventing the onset of numerous diseases that, in principle, seem not to be related to oral health, such as heart, kidney, diabetes hypertension, asthma, digestive or thyroid disorders.

 

According to a recent study, 85% of the population in our country suffers at least one oral health problem. A very alarming fact, which forces us to reflect on our hygiene habits.

 

To protect our mouth from any possible condition it is essential to brush our teeth at least twice a day, floss, visit the dentist and take care of food. As for the latter, it is interesting to know what are the foods that help us take care of our oral health thanks to the minerals and vitamins they contain.

Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus

Calcium is a mineral absolutely essential for the health of our teeth and bones. Virtually all the calcium we take goes to them, so it is essential to ensure good levels of this mineral in the body. Strong and healthy teeth are those that are enriched with calcium, and when so it is more difficult to develop any type of disease related to them. Calcium also strengthens the jaw bones and hardens tooth enamel.

 

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In addition to dairy products, nuts, blue fish, vegetables such as spinach and kale, and legumes such as soybeans and chickpeas are very rich in this mineral.

 

Potassium helps form dental and bone density, and prevents blood acidity that could cause the calcium in the teeth to leak.

 

Phosphorus is responsible, like calcium, for building bones and teeth, as well as ensuring that they are maintained and strengthened. We find this mineral naturally in fish such as salmon and sardines, eggs, sunflower seeds, meats of all kinds, and fruits such as raisins or dried figs.

Vitamins A, C, D and K

Vitamin A not only takes care of our eyesight, it also prevents the formation of cavities and helps the healing of wounds that may occur in the mouth. It intervenes in the formation of the teeth and takes care that the mucous membranes are kept in good condition. The foods richest in vitamin A are pork liver and veal; vegetables such as carrots, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes or sweet potatoes; fish such as conger and shellfish such as clams and cockles; and dairy derivatives such as butter.

 

Vitamin C is one of the main components of the gums and helps in the formation of collagen, necessary to prevent teeth from weakening or the appearance of gingivitis. We can find this vitamin in citrus fruits, but also in green leafy vegetables and in fruits such as kiwi or papaya.

 

Vitamin D is essential for calcium to perform its functions, as well as preventing gum inflammation and increasing bone density. The main way to get vitamin D is with sun exposure, although it is also found in some foods such as salmon or veal liver.

 

Vitamin K takes care of our bones and teeth because it favors the production of osteocalcin, necessary for calcium to be incorporated into bone tissue. We can get it from foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, dairy and fruits such as grapes or kiwi.


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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