How the right pills can improve your oral health.
Last issue, we reported that maintaining a proper diet is crucial for the prevention of oral diseases. However, never underestimate the power of vitamins and supplements.
In 1987, the USDA Food Consumption Survey reported that out of 21,000 people surveyed, not one consumed 100 percent of the RDA (recommended daily/dietary allowance) for ten key nutrients.
These ten key nutrients included: vitamins B6, B12, A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, iron and protein. And while many tests have been conducted within the last decade, the results remain unchanged – most people are blissfully unaware of the importance that vitamins play in a healthful lifestyle. According to a recent article written in the New York Times, only one in ten people (of the 12,000 people surveyed in ten states), have adequate diets.
The US Public Health Service also found that 50 percent of the population were below the US RDA levels for one or more vitamin or mineral. And according to the American Dietetics Association, only 20 to 30 percent of adults are consuming the recommended daily five or more servings of fruits and vegetables.
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and minerals play a major part in helping the body combat bleeding and swollen gums, loosening of teeth, tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). Specifically, vitamins and minerals help form antibodies to fight bacteria and infection, boost the immune system, destroy foreign substances and eradicate toxins. Both vitamins and minerals share a symbiotic relationship.
Vitamins cannot be used or absorbed without the presence of minerals. And minerals cannot be made by our bodies; we must ingest them through foods and supplements. Since most people tend to see their dentist more routinely than their physician, their dentist can become their primary nutritional educator.
One of the most common signs of vitamin deficiencies are oral lesions – changes in the texture of the gums and lips and burning sensations of the tongue. Some of the oral manifestations of deficiency and metabolic disorders readily identified by dentists are: osteoporosis, diabetes, anemia, anorexia and bulimia.
Aside from the ability to recognize oral pathology, dentists can aid in preventing defects caused by a lack of nutrients. For example, a recent study concluded that folic acid plays a vital role in the prevention of birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate during pregnancy.
Women who may need more folic acid include frequent dieters, drug or alcohol users, smokers, women on the pill and women who consistently do not eat well-balanced meals.
All experts agree, vitamins and minerals are necessary constituents for maintaining your body’s health. In addition to regular brushing, flossing and routine dental check-ups, nutritional supplements can help to keep your mouth strong and healthy.
And in recognition of the importance vitamins and minerals play, specially formulated supplements such as Dentaplex are now available to help you attain optimum oral health.