Essential Vitamins For Your Smile

Vitamins for oral health We all know how important vitamins and minerals are for our overall health. From maintaining strong bones to proper brain functioning, vitamins and minerals can aid our bodies with essential tasks. Although we know how helpful vitamins and minerals are for our overall bodily health, some patients are surprised to find out that they can also help with oral health.

In most cases, you’ll simply get these essential minerals and nutrients through your diet. It’s important to get enough of these nutrients to avoid potential problems like oral infections and disease. On the other hand, the presence of too much nutrient can also result in some oral health problems. So, which nutrients are important for the health of your teeth and gums? Dr. Rudy Wassenaar shares more on this subject by giving his readers here in Williams Lake, BC an in-depth look at the importance of vitamins and minerals for oral health.

Top Six Vitamins and Minerals For Oral Health

In most cases, you will probably get enough of these necessary minerals and vitamins through your diet. However, you can be lacking some vitamins if you don’t have a well-rounded diet filled with fruits, veggies, and protein. Some of the most important vitamins and minerals for your oral health include:

Calcium: Calcium is what helps to provide strength to bones in the body. Without enough calcium being circulated through your bloodstream, your body may start to leach calcium through your bones. This isn’t just awful for your overall bodily health! It can also mean trouble for your smile because it can cause the bone tissue around your teeth to become weak.

Vitamin D: This vitamin, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is important because it helps regulate calcium in the blood. As we mentioned previously, calcium is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and without vitamin D, you won’t be able to properly absorb calcium. You can get vitamin D through different supplements as well as milk, breakfast cereals, and cod liver oil capsules.

Magnesium: This is important for your teeth because it will help build strong enamel for your teeth. The tooth enamel is key to protecting your teeth against decay and avoiding bacteria from reaching the inner layers of the tooth. You can get your magnesium from leafy greens like spinach and kale.

Zinc: Since bacteria is the culprit behind nearly every oral health problem, zinc is helpful because it helps to prevent bacteria growth. It also helps to stop the buildup of plaque along the gum line.

Vitamin C: This vitamin is crucial for periodontal health because it can help to build and repair connective tissue. Connective tissue in the gums is very important to maintaining a healthy smile and preventing gum inflammation. Vitamin C is also important because it helps boost the immune system, which is key to avoiding gum disease.

Vitamin A: This particular is important because it helps with the salivary flow in the mouth. Saliva is important because it helps neutralize acids in the mouth and helps to prevent the development of cavities.

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As you can see, vitamins and minerals are important for many aspects of your oral health. If you have any additional concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact our office! We offer a range of dental services to give you the healthiest smile possible. Contact our office today!

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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