The health of our teeth and gums depends on our diet. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, other minerals and vitamins play an essential role for teeth and gums: phosphorus, fluoride, vitamin A, B and C.
Food is decisive in our general health. Logically, it also influences the state of our oral health.
Nutrients for healthy teeth and gums
- Vitamin B2 : found in milk, cheese, eggs, liver, legumes, green vegetables and brewer’s yeast. Its deficiency produces glossitis (inflammations of the tongue), angular stomatitis (fissures or cracks in the skin that radiate from the corners of the mouth and sometimes to the oral mucosa) and cheilitis of the lips (painful fissures in the upper and lower lips).
- Niacin : found in the liver, lean meats, cereals, legumes and brewer’s yeast. It seems to have an important role in the prevention of periodontitis. Its administration improves glossitis (inflammation of the tongue) and atrophic tongue.
- Vitamin B12 : found in meat, organ meats, eggs, fish and dairy products. Improves glossitis. It seems that correcting vitamin B12 deficiencies improves periodontitis.