We all know that Calcium is necessary for healthy bones and teeth, its even listed below! However, there are many more vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen tooth enamel. It can also protect your teeth against foods and drinks that cause acid erosion. Below are 7 vitamins and minerals that support strong enamel for healthy teeth. To make it easy for you we’ve also included the foods that you can eat that contain these vitamins.
Calcium is one of the most important minerals for healthy teeth because it strengthens your enamel. Throughout the body, the mineral helps build bones and provide structural support. In your mouth, calcium helps harden your enamel and strengthen your jawbone. Sure, you may know that dairy products are a great source of calcium, but so are brown rice, oranges, cabbage, beans, broccoli, salmon, peas.
Vitamin D is doubly important because not only does it boost mineral density, it also helps absorb, carry, and deposit calcium in the bones that support your teeth. Regulates the body’s balance of calcium and phosphorus and can promote absorption. Vitamin D can also help to decrease inflammation of gums which is associated with periodontal (gum) disease*. Some dairy products, eggs, some cereals, oily fish (tuna, sardines etc) and cereal are fortified with vitamin D, but you can also get it naturally from the sun.
Phosphorus plays a critical role in dental health because it naturally protects and rebuilds tooth enamel. Phosphorus works hand in hand with Calcium to support bone growth and tooth enamel. The best sources of phosphorus can be found in protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs,grapes, citrus fruit, cucumbers, tomatoes.
Vitamin A is a key nutrient in keeping your gums healthy as well as building tooth enamel. Most foods with vitamin A are orange—making it easy to remember that sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and carrots are all vitamin A powerhouses.
Think of this vitamin as a shield – it helps block substances that break down bone. It also helps your body produce osteocalcin, a protein that supports bone strength. A vitamin K deficiency can slow down your body’s healing process and make you more likely to bleed. leafy greens, such as kale, collards and spinach, can help you increase your vitamin K quota. Other great sources include parsley, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Like vitamin D, potassium improves bone mineral density. It also works with magnesium to prevent blood from becoming too acidic, which can leach calcium from your bones and teeth. Potassium isn’t necessarily known for aiding bone health: it’s a mineral that helps nerves and muscles communicate and also helps cells remove waste. But it turns out potassium may neutralize acids that remove calcium from the body. Load up on potassium by eating foods like sweet potatoes, white potatoes (with the skin on), yogurt and bananas.
Vitamin C strengthen your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth. It can protect against gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and can prevent your teeth from loosening. You probably already know that citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, but you can also find it in potatoes and leafy greens.
Your Dental Health
When it comes to your health, trust in the dentists at Dental Made Easy. Dental Made Easy is the best dental practice in the Forest Hills, Queens, NY 11375 area and we are open on Sundays as well as late evenings. Our new office in Garden City Park, 11040 is opened and accepting new patients. It is located at 2374 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City NY 11040. We are the best dental practice in Long Island, with 5 star reviews on Google and Yelp. For a teeth cleaning or exam, we recommend coming into the office to book an appointment with one of our talented dental professionals. All new patients may also take advantage of our $99 Cleaning Special that includes an exam and x-rays. To set up your appointment give us a call at (718)-507-7781 for the Forest Hills office and (516) 588-6622 for the Garden City Park office. We also welcome walk-ins, to accommodate patients with a busy schedule. We hope to see you soon!