Getting your vitamins in is important for your overall wellness and, believe it or not, is also important to keep your smile shiny, strong and bright. By making sure you are getting the right vitamins and minerals in your nutrition, your teeth are benefiting in the long run. Here are three vitamins and minerals that are essential for gum and dental health:
Just like your medical doctor will remind you to get enough calcium to keep your bones strong, your Krengal Dental team is here to remind you to get calcium to keep your teeth strong too! Calcium helps to form and maintain healthy teeth and research has shown that calcium helps reduce tooth retention, keeping your teeth stronger for longer. Milk, yogurt, beans, kale and other leafy greens are excellent sources of calcium to strengthen your teeth.
2. Vitamin D
Vitamin D and calcium actually act like a team in your body and you need one to get the benefits of the other! Vitamin D is what allows your body to absorb the calcium you are eating. When our body does not have enough vitamin D, it can pull away from the source of calcium for your bones. Vitamin D also helps to decrease inflammation in the gums, decreasing the risk of gum disease. Where can you get your dose of Vitamin D? Natural sunlight, dairy, eggs, salmon and nuts are all good sources of this super vitamin.
Have you heard of this one before? While many people are not as familiar with phosphorus, it is a vitamin that is vital for your healthy smile. Most phosphorus is stored in our teeth and it works to maximize the strength of our teeth. Working with calcium, phosphorus maintains and repairs tissues and maximizes the benefits of other vitamins to keep teeth strong. Citrus fruits, cucumbers, tomatoes, wheat germ and almonds are all great sources of phosphorus.
As they say, you are what you eat, and a sparkly, strong smile is a product of proper nutrition that includes these three tooth-strong sources. Have questions about your nutrition or need ideas on how to get your vitamins and minerals in? Your Krengel Dental team is always here to help! Call us now – 952-888-1311.