The Vital Ingredients for Healthy Teeth – The following vitamins and minerals are integral to the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth. None of them should be considered optional. According to your body and body of your child, they aren’t. Unfortunately, the modern diet is highly deficient in several of them, and these deficiencies create the unfortunate consequences of deformation and degradation that is so familiar to dentists across the world. Parents with a developing child should be aware of the detrimental periodontal and orthopedic effects that any of these deficiencies can create.
Sometimes, the best way to treat the human body is not through outside intervention, but to give the body the materials it needs to handle the task by itself. In the case of teeth, we can find most of the materials by examining the contents of saliva.
Saliva is not only useful in breaking down your dinner, but it also provides the necessary materials for teeth maintenance and repair. Some of the most prominent substances found within saliva are potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphates. You will probably recognize these as the same materials used to create bones, and you are right. That’s what teeth essentially are.
The Mineral List
Let’s start with the obvious one. Calcium is the first recommendation from any good dentist. Bones and teeth have extremely high mineral content, and the need for that content continues after the initial construction of the teeth. The calcium in saliva acts as a protective barrier. Therefore, the protective function of salivatory secretions of calcium cannot be overstated. When proper amounts of calcium are utilized, a wall of protection guards against the bacteria that would otherwise attack the teeth.
Milk and Lactic Acid
Whenever calcium is suggested, milk immediately springs to mind. Unfortunately, the high lactic acid content in milk makes it an undesirable source of calcium. Lactic acid weakens dentin and increases its vulnerability to stress. Dentin is the boney formation that surrounds the pulp of the tooth. Recent studies also show this weakening significantly increases the possibility of coronal death and the crack growth rate of the tested teeth.
Phosphorus is necessary for every function of the body. Bones and teeth require it for their structural integrity. Thus, it acts like mortar for the calcium bricks. Most people will not need to worry about getting enough phosphorus. However, if you or your family are low, add a source of protein. When there is protein, there is phosphorous.
If you want a vegan source of phosphorus, look to whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans. Keep in mind that there is an additional level of complication for nonprotein sources. In proteins, there is a healthy ratio of calcium to phosphorous (2:1, CA:P). Nonprotein sources, such as grains, do not naturally contain the proper balance, so a source of calcium supplementation may be necessary.
Calcium and phosphorus are very important at every level for the maintenance of healthy teeth. However, without magnesium, they will be unable to properly form the hard layer of enamel that is best at withstanding the waves of bacteria introduced with every meal.
Firstly, Potassium increases calcium absorption. Many nutrients within the body require transporters to get to their ending destinations. Calcium is one of those nutrients, and potassium is one of those transporters. Without these transporters, it is believed that ingested calcium is damaging to the circulatory system.
Calcium is the figurehead of bone and teeth construction, and the supporting substances are often left in the shadow of its fame. Potassium is one of those supports that deserves a little recognition for its ability to increase the density of the constructed bones and teeth. Without them, the teeth would be quite brittle.
The Vitamins List
Teeth are primarily formed of minerals. The job of the vitamins, in regards to teeth, are almost entirely utilized in a supportive role.
Firstly, concerning the health of your teeth, vitamin D has a very similar function to potassium. The human body utilizes vitamin D to increase calcium absorption. This isn’t by a tiny amount either. According to the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, proper levels of vitamin D can increase absorption by 200 to 400 percent. It is essential that the vitamin is fat-soluble. Thankfully, this is actually the most readily available source of vitamin D. That source is, as you probably guessed, sunlight. Specifically, it is the ultraviolet B rays (UVB).
How much sunlight exposure do you need?
Firstly, this widely varies with several factors. The amount of skin exposed, the melanin in your skin, how close you live to the equator, the weather, and even your age will change the advice that an expert dentist might give to you. However, if I am going to generalize the recommendation, 20 minutes at mid-day should be a sufficient amount of sunlight to produce the necessary levels of vitamin D.
Calcium, Vitamin D, and Magnesium need to be taken together so that your body can properly utilize it. Otherwise, the calcium will be deposited in your circulatory system which can eventually lead to some serious health issues. Typically, 99% of the calcium in your system will be in your bones and teeth, and the remainder will be floating around in the circulatory system.
Firstly, the human body is loaded with systems that require activators. Sometimes, this means a lack of something in the blood to trigger the event. Other times, having a substance in the blood will be the trigger. The calcium transport system is dependant upon the availability of vitamin k2 to act as that trigger. In conclusion, without it, calcium will float around your bloodstream waiting for direction.
Finally, Odontoblasts are a type of cell that produces the dentin that creates your teeth. While its effects are still being studied, there is a clear connection between vitamin A deficiencies and dentin deformation. A parent raising children with developing teeth should take care to provide sources of vitamin A.
Accordingly, feel free to contact us for more information on how you can take care of you and your family’s teeth with vitamins. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to answer any questions you may have. Also, if you are looking for an expert dentist for your child(ren), we ask that you consider stopping by our office.
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7 Important Vitamins and Minerals (for Healthy Teeth)
Dr Engel holds a speciality license in pediatric dentistry from New Jersey and New York. He also has attained sedation certification, which allows for in-office oral sedation options, and he’s on staff at Hackensack University Medical Center. As an attending pediatric dentist at HUMC, Dr Engel retains operating room privileges, allowing for an array of treatment modalities and anaesthesia options.