Many Australians are taking at least one form of complementary medicine, such as vitamins, supplements, and herbal medicines. We know and can feel that these medicines have a positive impact upon our daily life and health, but did you know they also have an impact on your oral health? Let’s discuss the best way to care for your body, mind, and teeth all at once!
How do multivitamins affect your oral health?
Have you ever noticed that when you are slack with taking your daily vitamins you can feel flat and burnt out? It turns out that vitamin deficiencies not only affect your body and your mind, but they can also negatively affect your overall oral health. Lacking vitamins can increase your chances of gum inflammation or tooth decay and loss. The good news is that taking the right vitamins can help maintain a healthy mouth and a bright smile.
Vitamins that promote a healthy mouth
It isn’t hard to come by vitamins that help with oral health, and you may already have incorporated these vitamins into your daily life. It’s possible to consume these vitamins in many different ways, whether by capsule form or even by eating more of certain foods.
- Calcium. An essential nutrient for great dental health is Calcium, which protects your enamel and has the potential to remineralise damaged teeth! You can incorporate more Calcium into your day by consuming dairy products such as milk and yogurt, or by taking tablets.
- Vitamin C. A lack of Vitamin C can cause gums to swell and bleed. When taken correctly, Vitamin C can assist not only with overall health and immunity, but can also strengthen your teeth. This is especially important if you have braces, as Vitamin C can help to heal any mouth wounds or irritation. To get more Vitamin C you can add more citrus fruits to your diet or take it in tablet form.
- Vitamin D. A great complementary vitamin to Calcium is Vitamin D, which aids in Calcium absorption. Additionally, an appropriate amount strengthens teeth and reduces the risk of some mouth diseases. To add more Vitamin D to your daily life, indulge in some fishy oils like salmon and herring, or seek tablet alternatives.
Can vitamins be detrimental to oral health?
Whilst there are many vitamins which will benefit your oral health, there are some cases where you can cause damage to your teeth by taking vitamins. However, there are easy solutions to ensure you’re able to get the most out of your vitamins and also promote great oral health.
- Chewable Tablets. The main vitamin culprit for cavities is chewable Vitamin C. Vitamins in a chewable tablet can damage your tooth enamel, so always seek a capsule or pill form.
- Too Much of a Good Thing. As previously discussed, Calcium is great for bone and teeth health. However, consuming too much can be detrimental to not only your oral health, but also your overall health. Check in with your health professional if you are worried about your Calcium intake.
How can an orthodontist help?
In some cases, a lack of vitamins can exacerbate untreated dental issues, such as gum inflammation and sensitive teeth. On the other hand, some multivitamins can negatively impact your teeth, particularly if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the impact of vitamins on your oral health while having orthodontic treatment, contact the team at Ethos today!