Yes, we have all been told of the benefits of Vitamin D and Calcium for the building of strong teeth and enamel, but B vitamins are also essential to oral hygiene. The B-Complex vitamin group, composed of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, cyanocobalamin, pantothenic acid, and biotin are vitamins that assist in breaking down carbohydrates and glucose. This means it aids in normal functioning of the nervous system as it breaks down fats and proteins and converts such to energy to the body.
Without these vitamins, the normal body functions break down and render persons susceptible to disease. B-12 deficiency can especially occur in those who are age sixty and older. This is because as we age our metabolism slows and thus the essential vitamins found in foods and drink can become more difficult to absorb in the body. Without the proper balance of the B-Complex vitamins, oral health will suffer.
Signs of a Vitamin B deficiency may include:
-Irritated or dry, cracking lips
-Numbness or tingling in the extremities
Visit Our Office Today if You Think You Have a Deficiency
If you find yourself getting canker sores or inflammation in the gums or tongue, try incorporating more vitamin B into your diet, especially niacin and riboflavin, and making an appointment with our office. Niacin and riboflavin are found in poultry, fish, red meats, dairy products, spinach, almonds, and legumes. Be sure to buy local or organic foods to increase the dietary benefits in every part of your body.
Call your Washington D.C. dentist if you're interested in learning more about the best diet for your smile by reaching us at (202) 822-3787.