The Importance Of Good Nutrition In Keeping Your Smile
Beautiful And Your Mouth Healthy
by Charlene J. Nuble
A beautiful smile and healthy mouth actually can come from in addition to regular
brushing and flossing a daily diet that does not lack the essential vitamins and minerals
that make vital contributions to a person’s 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 obtaining 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 the 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 also 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 a healthy mouth as deficiencies can cause cracking and
bleeding of the lips as well as open sores and lesions on both the inside and outside of
the mouth. These open sores aside from the discomfort that 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 the market today. In addition
to acting to prevent tooth decay it also strengthens tooth enamel, working in partnership
with calcium and phosphorus. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are other
minerals that are essential to good 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 their daily diets 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 only work best when they have real 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 one’s self-confidence, attention to oral health serves a practical purpose as
well. Strong teeth mean that a wide variety of foods can be eaten while a healthy mouth
means that there are no open sores in the mouth that can serve as an open 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.


About The Author

Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about Vitamins, please go
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content on this website is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.
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