Oral Health And Essential Nutrients

by Sakshi Patkar
The availability of proper nutrients is critical for the growth, development, maintenance, and repair of healthy dentition and oral tissues.
 Deficiencies particularly relevant to the dental practice are those in fol-ate and other B complex vitamins; vitamins A, C, and D; calcium; fluoride; and protein.
 A lack of nutrients can cause-
oral cavity, causing
or contributing to scurvy, cleft palate, enamel hypoplasia, poor mineralization, caries, and other pathos.
Nutritional guidance is one of the very important components of preventive dentistry . To prevent oral, dental and craniofacial diseases, one approach is having a suitable diet. Hence adding essential vitamin to your diet is of extreme importance.
Vitamin A
1-This vitamin helps keep mucous membranes healthy. It prevents dry mouth and helps your mouth heal quickly.
2- Role in healthy vision, vitamin A functions as an important component required to maintain the mucosal membranes, salivary glands, and teeth.
3- Animal studies have shown  that a deficiency in this vitamin will result in various abnormalities, including tooth brittleness, salivary gland degeneration,  and increased risk of cares.
4:  Vitamin A has been shown to  provide a protective effect against cleft palate.
5- Vitamin A deficiency is common in many developing countries, often due to a paucity of food sources with adequate levels.
6- At most risk are infants and  children, premature infants,  those with cystic fibrosis, and those with other conditions causing fat malabsorption.
What to eat:
 For strong gums and teeth, load up on fish, egg yolks and liver. You can also find it in leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens, or in orange-colored fruits and oranges: think apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes. These fruits and veggies contain high levels of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.
Vitamin C-
Vitamin C
Another essential nutrient, vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, which almost exclusively constitutes the  with malabsorptive conditions. All fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, but those with the highest content include oranges, berries, broccoli, and red
Vitamin D
Vitamin D
A natural hormone of the human body, vitamin D plays an important role in the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium from the gut, allowing the proper mineralization of bones and teeth.
Folate and B complex vitamins
Folate (vitamin B9) is a critical component of certain biochemical  reactions necessary to synthesize DNA and to power the amino  acid metabolism required for cell division. It is an essential vita-min and cannot be created in the human body.