Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need many essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy. In fact, to ensure proper tooth development and strength, babies, children, adults and seniors need lots of:
- calcium (e.g. yogurt, milk, some cheese)
- phosphorous (e.g. egg, beef, chicken, turkey, halibut, bread)
- vitamin A (e.g. liver, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, mango, spinach, broccoli)
- vitamin C (e.g. citrus fruits, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage)
- vitamin D (e.g. trout, mackerel, salmon, tuna, egg yolk, milk)
- omega-3 fats (e.g. certain vegetable oils, walnuts, flaxseeds and soy products, fish, seafood and fish oils)
Calcium (with help from phosphorous and vitamin D) is the main component of teeth and bones. It’s what keeps them strong. But we can’t forget about vitamin A because it’s necessary for the formation of tooth enamel or vitamin C which is essential for healthy gums.
Phosphorus is stored in the teeth and bones and is instrumental in helping your body balance and absorb calcium and magnesium.