Recommended nutrients for a healthy mouth
By Alison Logee, RDH, Ayurveda & Reiki Practitioner
Most of us are familiar with apples, milk, cheese, sugar-free and sugarless snacks as being healthy choices for our teeth. Following, are several recommended nutrients to also help improve and support oral health:
Vitamin C, Bioflavonoids, Coenzyme Q 10, Grapeseed extract and Vitamin E, are required for collagen formation in healthy gums and have anti-inflammatory properties. Calcium and Magnesium are needed for strong healthy teeth, bone growth and maintenance. Green tea has anti-cavity, antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help destroy oral bio-film. B-Complex plays an important role in the production of proteins that make up healthy gums and oral mucosa.
Depending on one’s eating habits, consumption of any of the above mentioned nutrients, in optimal amounts for full effectiveness, may be difficult or even next to impossible for some of us. I encourage you to take some time to search the internet or even better, consult with a Nutritional Counsellor to understand the natural source of these nutrients or perhaps consider supplements to help obtain nutrient specific benefits. When purchasing supplements it is important that they are pure, highly absorbable and preferably organic.
Creating a personalised oral health treatment plan with your Dentist and Dental Hygienist will support your efforts in meeting your nutritional oral health needs and goals.