Many of the vitamins and minerals that are important for a child's general health are equally important for their oral health! Here, our SmileTown North Delta dental team explains what some of the vitamins and minerals are that may help to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy.
This vitamin is generally associated with healthy eyesight, immune system and skin. However, Vitamin A can also help to keep the salivary flow in the mouth and mucous membranes at healthy levels - promoting oral health.
Vitamin A contributes to gum health as well, helping to ensure that they heal properly.
Good sources of Vitamin A:
- dark leafy greens
- sweet potatoes
- organ meats
B vitamins help to reduce tongue inflammation, and reduce the occurrence of canker sores.
Good sources of B Vitamins:
- red meat
- green vegetables
Vitamin C helps keep gums healthy, and can help prevent periodontal disease.
It can also function to build and repair connective tissues and prevent inflammation in the gums. On top of all of this, Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, so it can help to speed the healing of injuries sustained anywhere in your child's body, including their mouth.
Good sources of Vitamin C:
- citrus fruit
Vitamin D contributes to calcium and phosphorous regulation in the blood. If your child is not getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, he or she may not be able to absorb the necessary calcium to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.
Good sources of Vitamin D:
- fortified milk and breakfast cereal
- cod liver oil capsules
- 15 minutes of sunshine a day
Most of the calcium in your chi;d's body is stored in their bones and their teeth. Calcium functions to help keep bones strong and sturdy and, since it constantly circulates in the blood and is regulated by the body, it's very important that your child gets enough calcium in their diet.
Without sufficient dietary calcium, the calcium your body needs may be leeched from your bones.
Children should also get enough dietary calcium as they're growing to help prevent the development of osteoporosis later in life.
Good sources of Calcium include the following:
- dairy products
- leafy greens