31 March, 2020

Vitamins are very important for overall health. However, many people don’t realize the benefits vitamins can have on your teeth!

At Snow Family Dentistry, we know that vitamins can:

1: Build Enamel Strength

The vitamin K2, is critical for getting calcium to the surface of your teeth. Your teeth send out certain proteins when they need more calcium, and vitamin K2 activates those proteins, helping them carry calcium back to the enamel. However, this vitamin is not the only one needed for
calcium absorption. Other vitamins needed for good calcium production include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

Vitamins such as vitamin D, A, and C can also help build enamel by improving mineral density and helping your body process and absorb other minerals such as phosphorus, which is another crucial building block of teeth.

2. Provide Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Gum disease is caused when bacteria, plaque, and tartar multiply along your gum line and your body fights back with inflammation. Unfortunately, this often turns into chronic inflammation, which can create pockets where the bacteria can continue to thrive. The more inflamed and painful your gums are, the less likely you are to clean around the gum line thoroughly.

Several vitamins, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E may provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory properties can help get the chronic inflammation under control while you and your Snow Family Dentistry dentist work together to eliminate the bacterial proliferation.

3. Build Gum Tissue

A vitamin C deficiency can result in a condition called scurvy, which can cause gums to deteriorate and loosen. Fortunately, you’re unlikely to fall that far behind on your vitamin C intake on a modern diet. But did you know that eating extra vitamin C-filled foods (such as colorful vegetables and fruits) can benefit your gums?

That’s because, in addition to working with calcium and providing antioxidant activity, vitamin C can actually help build connective tissues needed to keep the gums healthy. Vitamin C is an important ingredient when your body is building collagen, which it then uses to maintain and repair gum tissue, periodontal ligaments, and mucous membranes. 

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

The beneficial impact of vitamins can be a great complement to ongoing home oral hygiene and professional cleanings. If you are behind on getting your teeth cleaned, or just want a check up- click here to schedule an appointment today!