Just like your body, your mouth needs a good range of vitamins and minerals. We’ve listed some of the most important below.
Vitamin A helps you to produce saliva and to maintain a healthy mucous membrane inside your mouth, protecting your mouth against disease. Good sources include carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes and peppers. It’s also found in dark leafy greens and egg yolks and fish.
Vitamin B, and especially riboflavin and niacin, help prevent mouth inflammation and mouth sores. If you begin developing canker sores or have gum inflammation, try eating more red meats, dairy products, legumes, almonds, poultry and fish.
Vitamin C helps the connective tissues in your gums remain strong, preventing gum disease. You’ll find vitamin C in citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
You probably already know calcium is important for keeping teeth and jawbones healthy and strong. Good sources of calcium include leafy green vegetables, dairy products as long as they are sugar-free, sardines, legumes and almonds.
Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Just 15 minutes in the sun daily allows your body to manufacture enough vitamin D or find it in foods like milk, fish, eggs and some breakfast cereals.