Calcium and phosphate, found abundantly in dairy products and many fruits and vegetables, are among many essential minerals and nutrients that you need to maintain a strong, healthy smile. Both are important for bone strength, including the jawbone, and for the health and integrity of your teeth, which contain large amounts of the minerals.
Besides calcium and phosphate, however, your teeth, gums, jawbone, and oral structures also rely on a number of other nutrients, some of which we explore below.
What Fuels a Healthy Smile?
Without iron, your body cannot produce enough healthy red blood cells, which can hinder effective oxygenation. Iron is also necessary to keep tissue cells healthy, and an iron deficiency can result in mouth sores, afflicted taste buds, a sore tongue, and possible damage to mouth and throat tissue. Anemia (severe iron deficiency) often causes fatigue and a compromised immune system.
Although not as widely-discussed as calcium, magnesium is closely related to the mineral in the case of your oral and physical wellbeing. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiency is associated with a significantly increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease. The same is true for high calcium-to-magnesium ratios. Magnesium is also an important part of your tooth’s structure and helps keep your tooth enamel strong.
Your body’s need for vitamin C is common knowledge among medical professionals. The vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that helps defend against cell damage from free radicals. It is also needed to create and maintain your bones, blood vessels, skin, and other body tissues. Vitamin C deficiency is commonly associated with poor periodontal health and gum disease.
While your mouth relies on sufficient amounts of nutrients to operate properly, a strong and healthy mouth requires more than simply eating right. Good oral health also requires regular maintenance, including brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning.