Understanding the Nutritional Requirements for Healthier Teeth
To grow stronger and healthier, the humans body requires adequate nutrition and exercise, most part of the body has a specific set of exercises through which it can be made stronger, there’s even a list of food items that can help a specific limb or organ grow stronger, such as proteins for muscles, carotene for retina and collagen for skin. But, while it’s possible to train most parts of the body, the organ primarily used by every person since its growth ‘The Teeth’ can’t be trained to grow strong, it can only be supplied with essential nutrients and properly maintained to effectively function for a long time. The supplements necessary for the growth of stronger teeth remain the same regardless of a person’s age, discussed below are a few ingredients that can help fortify the human teeth.
Calcium (Dairy products, Collard, Spinach, Kale, Canned Salmons, and Sardines, etc):
An essential ingredient in increasing bone and teeth strength, it is a major component in our body. Calcium helps fortify the teeth and enamel while protecting it from erosion, decay, and chipping. A lesser amount of Calcium can cause the teeth to become brittle, prone to decay and highly sensitive to temperature (Too Hot or Cold).
Phosphorous (Dairy products, Meat, Nuts, Whole Grains, Soy, etc):
It is the second most abundant mineral in the human body after calcium, it assists calcium in strengthening the teeth and enamels. Lesser phosphorous leads to teeth being more fragile and prone to decay.
Vitamin A (Sweet potato, Kale, Carrot, Lettuce, Mango, Guava and Lamb Liver, etc):
Vitamin A keeps the mucous membrane healthy, it helps prevent dry mouth by supplying a steady stream of saliva and improvers healing rate of cuts or bruises within the mouth. It helps dissolve food particles stuck on teeth.
Vitamin C (Peppers, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, kiwis, etc)
Vitamin C helps the teeth stick to the gum, in other words, they help secure the teeth in position by strengthening the gums. A deficiency in Vitamin C possesses a high risk of gum disease and bleeding gums resulting in looser teeth. Sailors in the 19th century often suffered from scurvy (Deficiency in Vit C) during voyage causing them to lose teeth until realizing the importance of Vitamin C to maintain a healthy gum.
Vitamin D (Sunlight, Fish, Eggs, Breakfast Cereals, Cod liver oil, etc)
It helps the teeth absorb necessary calcium required for its growth, thus helping build a stronger foundation through improved mineral density. A deficiency in Vitamin D will indirectly affect the absorption of calcium in teeth, resulting in a lack of calcium and weaker teeth.
Fluoride (Drinking Water, Tea, Table Vine, Sea Food, Soda, etc.,)
Fluoride is commonly used in toothpaste and mouthwash to effectively treat both tooth decay and gum diseases. Fluoride forms a protective layer over the teeth to prevent plaque from building up and helps in the remineralization of teeth enamel. Excess fluoride, however, can result in more harm than help, thus it’s advised to consult a dentist before planning a fluoride-rich diet.