3/19/2011

Essential vitamins for Oral Health


Good nutrition and diet promotes oral health that acts as a channel to encourage overall health and development. This is because mouth is the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract and has the ability to chew and swallow, potentially, providing essential nutrients to the body for good health. Nutritional problems can manifests when there is inadequate dietary intake of a nutrient, which can affect our entire body including our dental health.
Recent studies have shown that healthier immune system can mean healthier pink gums. Obviously we all need regular dental checkups. Daily flossing and brushing are a must, but even if proper dental hygiene regime is already in place, unhealthy inflamed gums (gingivitis) and tooth decay may be caused by an inadequate diet.
Below are several Vitamins and minerals that have a great significance in keeping our mouth healthy:


Vitamin B deficiency often leads to burning sensation in the mouth. This creates difficulty in swallowing and may cause damage to the tissues of inner cheeks. Severe deficiency of Vitamin B12 can result in various gastrointestinal and neurological defects that result in numb or tingling limbs. If any individual develops a sore, pale fissured, swollen and a beefy-red tongue, vitamin deficiency is the only reason.  Vitamin B1 can prevent tongue inflammation and discoloration of gum tissues. Vitamin B2 prevents inflammation of the tongue and the mucous membrane of the mouth. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) reduces the symptoms of gingivitis. Vitamin B7 (Biotin) can prevent tongue inflammation and discoloration of oral tissues.
The source foods for these vitamins are sunflower seeds, mushrooms, ricotta cheese, milk egg, nuts, bananas, leafy green vegetables and fortified cereals.

Vitamin C slows down the synthesis of collagen, a building block for many tissues. This results in bleeding gums and gingivitis. To prevent this, it is essential to have good sources of Vitamin like citrus fruits, dark green vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes.

Vitamin D affects the strength and quality of bones along with the formation of teeth. Individuals suffering from this deficiency are at a greater risk of having jaw fracture and periodontal disease. Ensure that the body is exposed to sunlight for several minutes at least three times a week to absorb this essential vitamin. It is also found in fish liver oils, egg yolk, milk and milk products.

Vitamin K deficiency is known to hinder the blood coagulation process. This results in excessive bleeding from the gums and teeth even in case of minor injury or tooth extraction. High levels of Vitamin K are found in liver, green leafy vegetables, milk, eggs and soybeans.

Although the vast majority of dental problems are related to untreated infections of the teeth and gums, this is not always the case. In situations where oral discomfort cannot be explained by a dental infection, your experienced Preston dentist will explore the possible deficiency in your diet
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Remember, only a dentist can diagnose your dental problems and offer the right treatment plan for you. If you need an experienced dentist in Preston, call us on 01772-726932 to be connected with one today.