Saturday, November 04, 2006

Vitamins and Minerals Important To A Beautiful Smile and Healthy Mouth

A beautiful smile and healthy mouth come from, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, a daily diet that does not lack the vitamins and minerals that make vital contributions to oral health. Many people overlook the importance of good nutrition in keeping their smile beautiful and their mouth healthy.

The mineral calcium and Vitamin D are of particular importance to healthy teeth. These two substances work together, as calcium absorption is enhanced by Vitamin D. Sufficient calcium is essential to the very structure of the teeth, as are phosphorus and magnesium.

Vitamin A is an essential part of the production of tooth enamel. A deficiency in Vitamin A can cause overgrown gums, bleeding gums and gum disease. Vitamin C, because of its role in the health and function of the small capillaries that bring oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, is important to oral health.

Vitamin C deficiencies can result in bleeding gums and loose teeth, as well as mouth sores The Vitamin B complex is also essential to mouth health, as deficiencies can cause cracking and bleeding of the lips, as well as open sores and lesion on both the inside and outside of the mouth. These open sores, aside from the discomfort they cause, offer an opportunity for a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and other contaminants to enter the blood stream.

Fluoride is widely known as an important agent in the prevention of tooth decay and is the active ingredient in the vast majority of toothpastes. In addition to acting to prevent tooth decay, it strengthens tooth enamel, working in partnership with calcium and phosphorus. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron, and potassium are other minerals that are essential to oral health.

It is unfortunate, but true, that most people do not eat well enough to obtain all of the vitamins, minerals and other necessary nutrients through diet alone. Failing to meet the recommended daily intake levels of vitamins and minerals can result in significant health problems.

Therefore, if you find that you are consistently not achieving these intake levels in your day-to-day diet, you may want to consider using dietary supplements to meet your nutritional needs. Dietary supplements are safe when used properly. However, they should not be used as a substitute for healthy food, as they are meant to complement the diet, and work best when they have feel food to attach themselves to.

If you find yourself unsure of which daily supplements you should include in your day-to-day nutritional plan, a consultation with your healthcare professional or a licensed nutritionist can help you to make the selections best suited to your individual dietary needs and health goals.

While a beautiful smile and healthy mouth are certainly aesthetically pleasing and uplifting to the self-confidence, attention to oral health serves a practical purpose as well. Strong teeth mean that a wide variety of foods can be eaten, a healthy mouth means that there are no open sores in the mouth that serve as an invitation for bacteria, viruses and other contaminants to enter the bloodstream to cause illness, infection and disease.

Making sure that your daily intake of the vitamins and minerals associated with oral health is sufficient, in addition to daily dental care, will ensure that you can have a lovely smile.

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