Braces? Make Sure You're Getting Enough of These Vitamins and Minerals!

Sharon Williams

Your mouth is one of your most overlooked body parts, and just like the rest of your body parts, it
needs regular maintenance and the right diet containing the necessary minerals and vitamins to keep performing optimally. Are your teeth missing essential vitamins and minerals due to braces?



Orthodontic treatment with braces will help your teeth come into alignment and improve your smile and the way you chew your food, as your teeth move into their optimal positions.

Most patients are able to consume most foods within a month of getting braces, but there are certain food restrictions you will have to follow during your orthodontic journey, which can range from a few months to a few years.

Your teeth will respond better to your orthodontic treatment if your diet contains the following vitamins and minerals:

Calcium

Calcium is renowned for protecting your teeth against decay and preventing gum disease. It also helps in keeping your jaw and other bones strong as well as helping with growth and development.

Calcium-rich sources: Dairy products; oysters; legumes; almonds; sardines; broccoli; green, leafy vegetables; and dietary supplements.

Magnesium

Magnesium helps with the healthy formation of your gum tissues, teeth, and jaws.

Magnesium-rich sources: Dark chocolate; bananas; whole grains; fish; seeds; nuts; green, leafy vegetables; and dietary supplements.

Iron

A healthy intake of iron helps maintain high red blood cell counts at all times, which increases your body’s immunity and helps it fight gum disease and oral infections.

Iron-rich sources: Green, leafy vegetables; mineral-rich breads and cereals; red meats; seafood; eggs; and dietary supplements.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is necessary for keeping your mouth’s saliva flowing, which washes away any stuck food particles and destructive bacteria. It also helps maintain healthy mucous membranes, which protect your gums and cheeks from disease.

Vitamin A–rich sources: Carrots; green, leafy vegetables; sweet potatoes; peppers; orange fruits; fish; egg yolks; and dietary supplements.

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 helps prevent mouth fissures.

Vitamin B2–rich sources: Almonds, spinach, mushrooms, bagels, pasta, lean steaks, dairy products, and dietary supplements.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C keeps the connective tissues of your gums strong, holds your teeth securely in place, and fights gum disease.

Vitamin C–rich sources: Strawberries, guava, most citrus fruits, many vegetables, and dietary supplements.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D deficiency can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and underdeveloped teeth. You can get vitamin D in your body by simply exposing yourself to direct sunlight for 15 minutes every day.

Vitamin D–rich sources: Cereals, cod liver oil, fish, eggs, milk, and dietary supplements.

I hope that the article was useful and helps you provide your teeth with the above essential nutrients and vitamins they need. It is best to consult an orthodontist to monitor the health of your teeth and follow up by scheduling regular appointments with your orthodontist.

Visit the Life Extension Guide to Oral Health to learn about the latest oral health research.

About the Author: Sharon Williams handles digital marketing for Koch Orthodontics in Loganville, GA. With a flair for creating compelling content that clears the clutter and connects with the audience in an instant, she writes about dental topics to educate and help her readers. 

Sharon truly believes that a genuine smile can win a million hearts and talks to her readers about improving their smiles and overall dental health, as well as enhancing their overall lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to organize small meets in her neighborhood where she brings people together to discuss various topics that she writes about.

Sources:

  1. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diet-and-dental-health
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs/15847-vitamins-the-basics
  3. https://www.pronamel.us/healthy-living/nutrition-and-dental-health/natural-remedy-for-tooth-enamel-restoration/

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