Recently we wrote a blog on the topic of the connection between diet and dental health. To expand on that topic, there are many vitamins and minerals that are specifically important for your child’s dental health. Not only do these vitamins ensure that their teeth are strong, but they also have an effect on your child’s overall health from bone strength to immune system strength.
Vitamin A is overall an important vitamin to get in your child’s diet. Not only does it help with saliva production, which keeps teeth clean, it also lowers your child’s likely hood of getting sick. Vitamin A can be found in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, or fish. Overall Vitamin A can help remove damaging acids from your child’s mouth that can erode enamel.
Every parent knows the importance of vitamin C. It is often the most marketed vitamin and is a large portion of child vitamins that parents give to their kids. Vitamin C is mainly known because of its effect on the immune system, but it also benefits the mouth. Vitamin C reduces gum inflammation and improves the amount of collagen your child produces. Collagen expedites the healing process. You can get vitamin C from a variety of fruits like oranges, limes, lemons, or grapefruit. However, because citrus fruit is acidic, it is important to rinse your mouth after drinking orange juice or eating grapefruit.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium into the bloodstream. Without enough vitamin D your child will not be able to get the benefits of calcium. This means your child’s teeth will be weaker and more prone to decay or even tooth loss. Vitamin D is most prevalent in dairy products like milk and cheese, but it can also be found in eggs and fish similar to vitamin A.
Calcium is another well-marketed nutrient. Calcium is known most for its contribution to bone strength, but it also improves tooth strength as well. As mentioned above, in order for your child to reap the benefits of calcium they will need to also get a good amount of vitamin D. Calcium is found mostly in dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk.
To learn more about dental habits and tips that will benefit your children, follow our monthly pediatric dental blog. If you would like to get your child a regular cleaning or another dental service, give us a call to set up an appointment.