If you’re into Pirates (and who isn’t?), you’ve probably heard them call each other names, like “Avast, ye scurvy dog.”
Pirates are not known for great dental health. And part of the reason may be that pirates are not known for taking their vitamins.
Now, most of us have better diets than pirates, but it is important to pay attention to your nutrient intake to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Among the nutrients most important to your teeth are:
Calcium. This is a big one. Your teeth and bones are made up primarily of calcium. Making sure you get enough calcium in your diet is critical, especially for women.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, so it goes hand in hand with it. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you can be afflicted with burning mouth syndrome–symptoms of which include a burning sensation, a metallic or bitter taste, and dry mouth.
Iron. An iron deficiency can cause an inflamed tongue and/or mouth sores.
B Vitamins. B3 (niacian) helps prevent bad breath and mouth sores. B 12 and B2 (riboflavin) also are necessary to prevent sores in your mouth.
Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps prevent bleeding gums and loose teeth. And other pirates calling you a “Scurvy Dog.”
You can get most of the nutrients you need with a good daily multi-vitamin. But you might ask your doctor or dentist on your next visit, to see if there may be other supplements he or she may recommend. Visit “Ask The Expert” for answers to all your dental health questions.