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Important Vitamins and Minerals For Your Child's Teeth and Gums

Posted by MODESTO KIDZ DENTAL on Jul 24 2022, 12:32 AM

Getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is essential for the health of your child's teeth and oral health. The vitamins and minerals that they take in help form the foundation of their teeth. They are essential elements that help their bodies function. Even though the body do make a certain amount of vitamins and minerals, children still may need more. 

Those include:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is best known for its immune-boosting properties. But did you know that this vitamin is also beneficial for oral health? Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight oxidative stress and boosts the body’s immune system. It’s also essential for the production of collagen, a protein that maintains the integrity of the structure of the gums. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, and many other fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D helps build strong bones, teeth, and gums. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from the foods we eat. If your child isn’t getting enough vitamin D in his diet, then the dentist might recommend a supplement.

Calcium

Calcium is a very important mineral for strong bones and teeth, especially for growing children. In addition to building strong bones and teeth, this mineral is also essential for healthy nerves and muscles. Calcium plays a vital role in the clotting of blood, as well as maintaining healthy blood vessels and heart function.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for healthy bones. The Vitamin D Council lists vitamin D as being important for teeth because it promotes healthy bone structure. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus, which both help strengthen teeth.

Vitamin D is found naturally in certain foods, including fish, mushrooms, fortified milk, and eggs. You can boost your vitamin D levels by spending less time in the sun and more time out in the sun, which the body will naturally produce vitamin D from.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays an important role in your child’s teeth. There is an enzyme in saliva called salivary amylase that breaks down starches. While amylase is produced by the salivary glands, magnesium aids in the salivary amylase process. This means that magnesium is vital for healthy starches breakdown.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural mineral that promotes healthy teeth. It strengthens enamel and reduces dental sensitivity. This mineral also fights cavities and prevents tooth decay. However, too much fluoride can harm the teeth. For this reason, our team will monitor your child’s fluoride use. When a child’s teeth develop, we provide fluoride treatments. These applications will strengthen the enamel.

We will also recommend fluoride supplements if a child is cavity-prone.

Protein

Protein is an important building block for teeth and gums. It helps rebuild enamel and supports healthy gum tissue. Children need a lot of protein, which is readily available in meats, dairy, and eggs.

Protein is necessary for healthy teeth and gums, so it is important to make sure your child eats protein at every meal.

Phosphorous

Phosphorous is an essential mineral that helps protect the teeth from decay. It’s also needed for healthy bones and cells. Phosphorus also helps the body use carbohydrates. Many children don’t get enough phosphorus, which can result in delayed growth.

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is an antioxidant that gives your child’s body energy. Vitamin B2 is also essential for developing and maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Vitamin B2 is found in many foods, including meat, eggs, dairy, and bananas.

Schedule an appointment with Modesto Kidz Dental to make sure your child is in optimal dental health. We are at Bldg B, 2801 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355. Contact us at (209) 578-3131 or visit our website for more information. 

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