Are you curious about whether you need a multivitamin to promote good oral health? There is not a single, universal answer for this question. Instead, because everyone’s body is different – and because we all follow a variety of diets and lifestyles – we will need to see you for a checkup to make an assessment. As for general details associated with vitamins (and deficiencies) as they relate to your smile, let’s do a bit of exploring.
If You’re Eating A Varied Diet
If you’re eating a variety of foods and are paying attention to taking in good nutrition (for instance, you’re eating a diet that includes whole foods like grains, veggies, and fruits, and you’re getting sufficient protein) then you’re probably in good shape and your oral health is safe. However, if your diet is quite limited or you’re following a specific diet (such as a vegan diet) it may be important to ensure you’re receiving all of the vitamins and minerals you need. Only your doctor can tell you whether a supplement is necessary.
Possible Signs That You’re Deficient
If you are deficient in a particular vitamin, you may notice one or a variety of oral health symptoms. When a symptom occurs, we encourage you to contact us, so we may make a diagnosis and offer suggestions for next steps. Consider some common deficiencies and associated symptoms:
- Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Your tongue may look vibrantly red and you may experience gum inflammation more easily.
- Vitamin C Deficiency: Lacking this vitamin may contribute to (though is not always the cause of) bleeding gums.
- Vitamin D Deficiency: You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth and dry mouth may also occur.
ABOUT YOUR SANTA CLARITA VALLEY, CA, DENTIST:
At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to high-quality, modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call our Santa Clarita Valley, CA office today at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve residents of Canyon Country and Santa Clarita Valley, CA, as well as San Fernando, Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.