For Health, its important to have:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B7
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin B12
- Potassium and Sodium
- Omega 3’s
AND MORE! With online research and discussions with medical professionals, you can be guided to what foods are healthiest and optimal for gaining the key nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that you need. There are even nutrients important for oral health.
Other vitamins and minerals are antioxidants, protecting us against free radicals, which are molecules that can damage cellular DNA (our genetic code) and increase our risk of any type of cancer, including oral. Vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium combat free radicals. Zinc is an excellent mineral to protect DNA from damage.
Primarily, we gain healthy vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the foods we eat. However, for older generations, pregnant women, or individuals with health complications, diet may not be enough to supply your body with what it needs. Any person who cannot satisfy the need for a particular vitamin or mineral should take a supplement in addition to their diet. A doctor can help you choose the right dosage and determine if you need vitamin or mineral supplements.
You may not see benefits from supplemental vitamins and minerals if you do not have a deficiency. In fact, taking in too much of a vitamins, minerals, or even nutrients could harm your health. Studies have shown that ingesting too much supplemental Vitamin E could increase the risks for heart failure or gastrointestinal cancer. Also, with use of supplementary vitamins or minerals, they may interact negatively with other medications, such as blood thinners.
Maintaining a healthy diet is the best way to effectively get the vitamins and minerals your body (including your mouth) needs. Dairy products like fortified milk are a good way to get vitamin D, as well as calcium and phosphorus. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of Vitamin C and Iron. Fluoride from toothpaste or other oral hygiene products can satisfy your need, or you’ll also find it in seafood and tea.
While good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are necessary for optimal dental health, your diet has an impact! Be sure you’re getting all the nutrients your teeth, gums, and whole body need. Vitamins D and K, as well as minerals calcium and phosphorus are essential for strong teeth. Fluoride helps preserve enamel, which deters tooth decay.
If you need guidance in your dental health and diet, please see your Scottdale Dentist for help. For more information beyond this blog, check out the Dear Doctor magazine article “Vitamins & Dietary Supplements.”