SMILE. How do you take care of your teeth? Most people will answer that inquiry with brushing, flossing, and trips to the dentist, but did you know there are supplements* that support your teeth and gums?
These supplements are not only good for your pearly whites, but they also help support the rest of your body.
Calcium is an essential element in building strong teeth and bones. It is critical to have adequate levels, or the body will leach calcium from teeth and bones if it is in short supply in your diet. Dairy milk is fortified with calcium, but if you are a non-dairy drinker, it is vital to either supplement or consume lots of leafy greens, canned fish, almonds, cauliflower, or cabbage for adequate dietary calcium.
Phosphorus acts as an important support for calcium in maintaining teeth and bones, and plays a vital role in tooth and gum health.
With insufficient vitamin D levels, your body is not able to properly absorb calcium or phosphorus. Many Americans, especially in the northern states, do not get adequate levels of vitamin D, so a supplement is often recommended for most adults and children.
COENZYME Q10 or COQ10
CoQ10 helps reduce inflammation and can help with bleeding gums as a result of gingivitis.
Zinc is an important trace mineral in your saliva that helps fight against bacteria and plaque growth, which may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
As proven by the early sailors, vitamin C is essential for gum health. It helps maintain connective tissue and collagen production, and helps support a healthy immune system to prevent gum disease.
Probiotics are not just for your gut. They also help fight off gum disease and tooth decay by increasing the number of good bacteria in your system.
If you get canker sores or a sore mouth or tongue, it could be a sign of vitamin B deficiency. Niacin and riboflavin are particularly beneficial for oral health.
You knew it was good for your eyes, but did you also know it is also good for your mouth? Vitamin A helps with mucous production to keep saliva flowing in your mouth. This, in turn, reduces plaque and harmful bacteria, which lead to cavities and gum disease.
Here is to happy, healthy smiles from the inside out!
*Always consult with your health care practitioner in deciding whether a supplement is right for you.