Supplements for Oral Health
Your mouth, teeth and gums are essential for the first stages of the digestive process so that we can consume the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Many diseases are associated with poor oral health and so by improving the health of your mouth, you can help to support overall body health and function. Like the gut, the mouth has its own unique microbiome, consisting of around 700 species of bacterial organisms, which, when in balance, help to support oral and general health.
Some common problems associated with oral health include bad breath (halitosis), mouth ulcers and oral thrush. A healthy diet and lifestyle practices such as regular tooth brushing, flossing, dental check-ups, mouth scraping and breathing through the nose instead of the mouth, can help to maintain good oral hygiene.
Key Foods for Oral Health
For a healthy mouth, avoid processed food and drinks high in sugars, acidic and high carbohydrate foods. Instead opt for a healthy, balanced diet containing nutrient-dense, high fibre foods which contain the following specific nutrients to support oral health.
- Vitamin A - found in liver, egg yolks, dark green leafy veg, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits, fish oil.
- Vitamin C - sources include Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, berries (particularly blackcurrants), papaya, parsley, cherries, citrus and kiwi fruits.
- Vitamin D - natural sunlight is one of the best sources of vitamin D but it can be sourced in the diet in small amounts from eggs, oily fish, red meat and liver, sun-enriched mushrooms and some fortified foods.
- Calcium - found in dairy products, sesame seeds, almonds, oily fish (with bones), white beans, dark green leafy vegetables, tofu, and dried figs.
- Phosphorous - poultry, meat, organ meats, seafood, eggs, dairy, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, nuts, wholegrains, quinoa, beans and lentils are all good sources.
Which Supplements Can Support Oral Health?
- Cinnamon Oil
- Vitamin D
Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Oral Health
- Probiotics containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in particular can be effective for preventing dental caries (decay) by crowding out less friendly bacteria.
- Look for supplements which contain vitamin D3 which is the bio-available form of vitamin D. Consider getting your vitamin D levels tested so that you can supplement according to your needs.
Nutritional Therapy Support For Oral Health
Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with Oral Health and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here: https://www.vitaminology.co/consultations
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