Nutrition is important to your ongoing health. So don’t just eat with your teeth, eat for them! Eating for your teeth is as important as getting your regular dental checkups twice each year. There are several key vitamins and nutrients that will help you maintain your great smile for years to come.
When you think of the important vitamins and minerals for your teeth, the first that typically comes to mind is Calcium. This essential mineral is the most abundant mineral in the body. Your body uses it to help form strong bones, and strong teeth, but also for a variety of other functions in the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. You can help your body to absorb this key mineral by pairing it with Vitamin D.
Where to find it: You can get this mineral from dairy products, soy, leafy greens and fish.
|Under age 50||1000mg daily|
|Age 50 and older||1200mg (over 50)|
|Under age 70||1000mg daily|
|Age 70 and older||1200mg (over 50)|
Vitamin: D 2
Vitamin D is to Calcium as peanut butter is to jelly. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb the Calcium that your body receives. That’s why it’s often added to dairy products (such as milk). There are several types of vitamin D that your body needs, but the most prevalent are Vitamin D2 and D3. Without sufficient levels of Vitamin D, your body will break down bone to get the needed calcium, putting your teeth and bones at risk for becoming brittle.
Where to find it: You can get this micro-nutrient from sunlight, supplements, and some foods (wild-caught salmon, mackerel and tuna).
Women and Men
|Under age 50||400-800 international units (IU) daily**|
|Age 50 and older||800-1,000 IU daily**|
Another key building block for strong bones and teeth, Phosphorus is the second most prevalent mineral in your body. Typically, people get plenty of phosphorus in their diets, and the problems occur more from an over than an underabundance. It’s found in many different types of foods and typically does not require supplements.
Where to find it: You can get this micro-nutrient from sunlight, supplements, and some foods (wild-caught salmon, mackerel, and tuna).
- Infants, 0 to 6 months: 100 mg daily
- Infants, 7 to 12 months: 275 mg
- Children, 1 to 3 years: 460 mg
- Children, 4 to 8 years: 500 mg
- Children, 9 to 18 years: 1,250 mg
- Adults, 19 years and older: 700 mg
- Pregnant and breastfeeding females under 18 years: 1,250 mg
- Pregnant and breastfeeding females, 19 years and older: 700 mg
So eat up, eat healthy! At West One Family Dental, we believe your overall health starts with your dental health, and your dental health relies on great care and a great diet.