The vitamins and minerals that are necessary for general health are an essential part of children's healthy oral development, too. Here, we review the vitamins and minerals that will help keep your children’s teeth and gums strong and healthy.
Although Vitamin A is usually associated with good eyesight, skin and a healthy immune system, it also helps keep the mucous membranes and salivary flow in the mouth healthy, too.
Vitamin A contributes to gum health too, ensuring that they heal properly.
Good sources of Vitamin A:
- sweet potatoes
- organ meats
- dark leafy greens
B vitamins can reduce the occurrence of canker sores and tongue inflammation.
Good sources of B Vitamins:
- green vegetables
- red meat
Vitamin C is key when it comes to healthy gums and avoiding gum disease. It prevents gum inflammation and builds and repairs connective tissues, too. In addition, as a strong antioxidant, Vitamin C can speed healing.
Good sources of Vitamin C:
- citrus fruit
Vitamin D helps to regulate calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood. If your child is not getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, they may not be able to efficiently absorb the calcium necessary to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.
Good sources of Vitamin D:
- cod liver oil capsules
- fortified milk and breakfast cereal
- 15 minutes of sunshine a day
The majority of the calcium in the body is stored in the bones (including the teeth). Calcium helps keep bones and teeth healthy and strong. Plus, since it's constantly circulating in your blood and regulated by your body, getting sufficient calcium from your diet is extremely important. Without enough dietary calcium, the calcium your body needs may be leached from your bones.
Making sure kids get enough dietary calcium growing up may also help prevent osteoporosis later in life.
Good sources of Calcium include the following:
- dairy products
- leafy greens