Four vitamins your mouth never wants you to lackMarch 10, 2020 12:47 pm
We all know the importance of vitamins and minerals for our overall health and wellbeing, but how much thought do you put into having a sufficient vitamin intake for the sake of your oral health? There are certain vitamins that have more impact on your oral health than others.
Our world-class dental experts at Drs Nicolas & Asp provide you with a summary of those essential vitamins, oral symptoms of lacking those vitamins, and how to maintain an intake avoid such deficiencies.
- Vitamin D
This “sun” vitamin aids the body’s absorption of calcium, and in turn, boosts bone mineral density. So, to benefit from your calcium intake, vitamin D is irreplaceable. Oral signs of vitamin D deficiency: Teeth softening, increased bleeding and yeast infections.
How to maintain a vitamin D intake: Although the weather conditions in Dubai may make obtaining vitamin D through sunlight exposure somewhat difficult, food sources of this vitamin include fatty fish, canned tuna and portobello mushrooms. You may also consume vitamin D fortified foods and drinks such as milk, cereals and orange juice.
- Vitamin A
Responsible for keeping mucous membranes healthy, vitamin A is one of the important vitamins for gums as it helps your mouth heal quickly and maintain strong gums, as well as prevent a dry mouth.
Oral signs of vitamin A deficiency: Bleeding gums, weakened the immune response, mouth infections and impaired taste.
How to maintain a vitamin A intake: Eggs, fish, and liver are great sources of vitamin A. The following fruits and vegetables also contain high levels of beta-carotene, which the human body can convert into vitamin A (and they are delicious, too): spinach, kale, collard greens, orange-colored fruits such as oranges, apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin K
This vitamin is like an army protecting your bones from breaking down by blocking bone-destructive substances. Vitamin K also helps the body produce the protein “osteocalcin”, which helps maintain bone strength.
Oral signs you are lacking vitamin K: oozing from the gums or excessive bleeding. How to maintain a vitamin K intake: Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, broccoli, parsley and Brussel sprouts.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps strengthen your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth to protect you against gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease), and the loosening of your teeth which may eventually lead to tooth loss.
Oral signs of a vitamin C deficiency: vitamin C deficiency signs are similar to vitamin A deficiency signs – bleeding gums, a weakened immune response and mouth infections.
How to maintain a vitamin C intake: This may be the easiest to answer on your own! Load up on as many citrus fruits as you can, and consume potatoes and leafy greens as they are also good sources of vitamin C.
Vitamins D, A, K, and C, among other vitamins, are vital in helping to maintain good oral health. If you experience any of the oral signs and symptoms associated with a vitamin deficiency, call Drs Nicolas & Asp and make an appointment with one of our general dentists – and you can rest assured that you are seen by the best dentist in Dubai. The dentist would be able to recommend treatment, whether through supplemental tablets, injections, or case-specific drugs, to completely treat your condition and bring your vitamin levels up.
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