It is common knowledge that we need calcium for strong bones and teeth. It’s also important to have an adequate amount of vitamins D and K2, as well as Magnesium. All of these vitamins and minerals work together to help bones and teeth grow and become strong during childhood and maintain strength during adulthood. Many Americans are aware of the importance to achieve a balanced diet and supplement when necessary. Health trends are on the rise and so are the ever changing vitamins and supplement delivery systems.
Dr. Scott Norton (practicing Endodontist in Louisville, KY) recommends that everyone taking vitamin / mineral supplements choose wisely. With that in mind, consider the many forms that vitamin and supplements come in before making your selection. First, be certain to purchase from a reputable brand and know the ingredients. Less is more! Second, did you know that many vitamins have added sugar? Let’s look at gummy vitamins for example; many of them contain sugar or some sort of starch to make them sweet. Even if your gummy vitamins don’t contain sugar as an ingredient, they can still harmful to your teeth. The sticky gummy can sit in the pits and fissures of your teeth creating a trap for bacteria and other harmful debris.
Dr. Norton suggests that you consider your teeth when choosing your vitamin and minerals. If gummy vitamins are the only option; be certain to brush, floss and rinse your teeth afterwards. Otherwise, try to avoid vitamins with added sugar and gummies all together.
Dr. Norton also recommends that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and exam. In addition, it’s important to make a list of your vitamins, supplements and medications to take along with you to your dental appointment.