At the holistic dentistry practice of Dr. Raymond Hatland, our team recognizes that what happens in your body affects your mouth, and what happens in your mouth affects your body. We understand the many factors that affect your whole body and oral health — one of which is proper nutrition.
Ideally, you would get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs from your daily diet. However, if your diet lacks some or all of these nutrients, supplements can be a good way to fill in the gaps.
Read on as Dr. Hatland recommends the best vitamins and minerals for oral health.
Calcium is a mineral that your body needs to form and maintain healthy, resilient teeth. The best sources of calcium-rich foods include dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese as well as leafy greens.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium efficiently. Even if you are consuming a lot of calcium through your diet, if you do not get enough vitamin D you may not absorb as much calcium as you need. Good sources of vitamin D include milk, egg yolks and fortified breakfast cereals. Sitting in natural sunlight is another good way to get vitamin D.
Vitamin C helps keeps the connective tissues of your gums strong and healthy. A lack of vitamin C can make you susceptible to gum disease; it can also lead to complications with your gum tissue that cause your teeth to become loose. You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, peppers, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and berries.
Vitamin A is as important to your oral health as it is to your eyesight. It helps keep your salivary glands active and flowing, so saliva can wash away harmful bacteria and plaque inside your mouth. Without an adequate amount of saliva, you may be more likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay. Good sources of vitamin A include yams, sweet potatoes, kale, egg yolks and fish.
Consult With Your Health Care Team
Before changing your diet drastically or starting any new vitamins or supplements, it is best to talk with Dr. Hatland as well as your primary care physician. Vitamins and supplements may seem harmless, but some can interact with prescription medications. It is best to have a quick check with your health care team to ensure you are eating a healthy diet that addresses your needs, and correctly supplementing with vitamins.
To request an appointment with Dr. Hatland, please contact our practice today. You can reach our Chicago office by calling (773) 338-4440 or our Indianapolis office by calling (317) 257-0794.