Oral Health

Last Updated: August 16, 2022

Oral health includes the health of the teeth, gums, and tongue. An adequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals is paramount to maintaining oral health.

What does oral health encompass?

Oral health pertains to the health of the teeth, gums, and tongue. Diseases such as dental caries (also known as cavities), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), and periodontitis (infection of the gums) can significantly impact oral health.

How could diet affect oral health?

Getting enough dietary vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, and calcium are important for maintaining the health of the teeth and gums.[1] Therefore, consuming a diverse diet that contains adequate amounts of these nutrients will help foster optimal oral health. Additionally, excessive sugar consumption contributes to the development of dental caries.[2]

Which supplements are of most interest for oral health?

If the consumption of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, and calcium is inadequate, supplementing with these nutrients may reduce the risk of developing oral diseases.[3]

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