11 Best Vitamins for Dry Mouth and Oral Health

 

Hi everyone

In today's episode, I’m going over the topic.....

11 Best Vitamins and Minerals for Dry Mouth and Oral Health

I'm Dr. Anna

and In the next few minutes you are going to learn…

About my favorite Vitamins and Minerals that you should be taking if you have dry mouth. Don’t forget to click on the link in the description to check out my list and I update that list often.

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With that being said

👉👉 I want to know what vitamins and or minerals you are taking for dry mouth so put that in the comments below.

Supplements are used exactly to do that, to supplement an already healthy diet. So make sure you get your diet in line and then supplement the voids. Please remember that taking too much of certain vitamins can be toxic in your body so always consult your physician about what supplements you should be taking.

 Vitamins are important to the oral cavity because:

  • They influence tooth and oral cavity development,
  • Affect the health of our gums and jawbones.
  • Influence the quality of our saliva which coats and protect our teeth from cavities.

 Make sure your supplements are CBMP (Clinical Good Manufacturer Practices) certified which means they are third party tested and the content of the vitamins is as stated on the packaging; it also means that the manufacturer operates at an appropriate standard.

 

The 11 Supplements for Dry Mouth and Oral Health:

 1) Multivitamin – As discussed, before it is best to obtain our vitamins/minerals from our diet, however, a lot of times we are not able to eat everything our bodies need so this is when the multivitamin comes in. Multivitamins usually include a collection of most important vitamins for our body so often they are enough on their own.

Click in the link below for vitamins I recommend, this list changes so make sure to check in periodically.

 2) Probiotics

What are probiotics: Probiotics are LIVING microbes, or food ingredients containing living microbes that provide benefits.

Traditionally probiotics have been associated with gut health and that is what most clinical research has been focused on, but some recent studies have shown that probiotics can help promote oral health as well.

These benefits include strengthening body’s immune response (body’s defense), prevention of infections and allergies, helping maintain good bacteria in the mouth which may help reduce risk of cavities, gum disease and bad breath. (1)

Foods containing probiotics: fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi

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 3) Vitamin B Complex (one of them including: folic acid aka Folate, Vitamin B9) – These vitamins ANTIOXIDANTS, mood stabilizers, and are neuroprotective.

What are antioxidants? Are substances Neutralize metabolic products (unstable molecules) which the body produces; they stop chemicals that cause cancer and they protest our genes. (2)

 Folic Acid is closely associated with periodontal (gum) health.

Deficiency in folic acid can lead to thrush (candidiasis), inflammation, swelling of the tongue, ulcers, gingivitis etc.

Deficiencies in B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), B12 : can also lead to bad breath and canker sores.

Foods containing Vitamins B and folic acid include: whole grains (brown rice, barley), fish, eggs, legumes (beans, lentils), seeds and nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds). Dark leafy vegetables (kale, broccoli, spinach).

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 4) Calcium: Is a major component of bone (including the jaw) and teeth. Calcium increases the density of bone, including jawbone, which makes the bone stronger.

Tooth enamel contains calcium and studies show that enamel resistance to assault by bacteria and acid (which cause cavities) is based on the contents of enamel which happens during tooth development.

Calcium is present in saliva and is used to replace damage to enamel done by bacteria and acids (Phosphate and Fluoride also have this function in saliva).

Calcium can be found in: milk, yogurt. For those who want to follow nondairy diet: green leafy vegetables, nuts, fortified flour-based foods.

5) Vitamin D:

  • It helps the body absorb calcium which helps in strengthening bone and teeth. Helps with the quality of your saliva.
  • Anti-inflammatory activity
  • Anti-microbial activity 

Deficiency can cause rickets, osteoporosis, dry mouth and has been associated with Burning Mouth Syndrome

Many people have vitamin D deficiency, it is largely because due to limited exposure in sunlight. You can increase vitamin D rich foods in your diet or take a separate supplement.

Foods containing vitamin D: fatty fish, orange juice, cod liver oil, Portobello mushrooms.

6) Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body, creating protein, muscle contraction, nerve function, blood glucose control, hormone function, blood pressure regulation, heart function etc.; it helps in the absorption of calcium, has anti-inflammatory benefits. It also is a component of enamel and it helps regulate the composition of enamel, which is important for enamel’s strength. (3) (4)

Magnesium rich foods: Green vegetables (spinach, kale, avocado) Nuts (almonds, cashews), bananas, legumes.   

7) Vitamin A  is very importantly is an ANTIOXIDANT

Vitamin A is involved in

  • gum health
  • saliva health: production of saliva proteins (glycoproteins) which protect against cavities and which help with providing moisture in the mouth (preventing dry mouth),
  • enamel development,

Deficiency can result in candidiasis. (5)

There is such a thing as overdose of Vitamin A so make sure to speak to your doctor before adding Vitamin A (or any other) supplements into your diet.

8) Vitamin C – is also an ANTIOXIDANT

Role it plays:

  • It has antioxidant functions discussed before
  • Helps decrease inflammation
  • Boosts immune system
  • It helps strengthen tissues in your mouth by enabling them to regenerate faster.
  • In teeth it promotes dentin, cementum formation, periodontal membrane and bone health.

Deficiencies: can lead to bleeding gums, loose teeth, thrush (candidiasis).

Foods that include Vitamin C: citrus fruits, potatoes, leafy greens.

 9) Alpha Lipolic Acid (ALA)

  • Is an ANTIOXIDANT that is produced naturally by the body.
  • It is suggested for its anti-aging properties and for supporting of other antioxidants in the body, helps with energy production and improves glucose metabolism.
  • It has also helps bring relief to some suffering from Burning Mouth Syndrome Because. One study has shown that taking of 600mg/day for 2 months of ALA brought ~ 60% of BMS sufferers some improvement. (6)
  • BMS does not have known causes, but studies suggest a possible neurological connection (possible nerve damage). ALA has been used in treatment of diabetic neuropathy (a neurological problem caused by diabetes) by helping in production of nerve growth factor NGF which helps maintain and grow certain nerve cells. (7)

ALA Can be found in: potatoes, tomatoes and spinach.

10) Iron

Deficiencies can lead to

  • Decreased strength of the oral tissues, which can result in mouth sores
  • Decreased ability for the tissues to regenerate and to defend against bacteria/viruses, fungi. It can result in tongue inflammation, thrush (oral candidiasis). (8)

Food sources of iron include: Green leafy vegetables including spinach, kale, broccoli, dried apricot, legumes (lentils), quinoa.

 

11) Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Can help reduce inflammation in the body and had been associated with sometimes helping prevent mental degeneration, strokes, heart attract, insomnia etc.

Omega 3 can be obtained through supplementation or diet, mainly fish. When considering purchasing fish make sure it is wild-caught or sustainably caught. If you do not like to eat fish and prefer supplementation, make sure the omega 3 is in a in triglyceride form (makes it more available to your body) and is mage in a CGMP facility.

OTHER helpful vitamins:

Potassium: Helps maintain good bone health and helps bring down acidity in the blood (which can be harmful to calcium in the bone).

Foods that contain potassium: bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, avocados….

 Vitamin K: protects against substances which break down bone and supports bone strength (by helping your body produce osteocalcin).

Foods containing Vitamin K: oily fish spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts.

 

Please remember that taking too much of certain vitamins can be toxic in your body so always consult your physician about what supplements you should be taking. 

All of the information I just went over it just one of the steps you can take to naturally help with dry mouth and disease.

Check out my other blog posts/videos on Dry Mouth and Oral Health.

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Do you take vitamins for dry mouth? Which have you found to he helpful for you. Let me know in the comments below.

 

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References

  • Allaker RP, Stephen AS. Use of Probiotics and Oral Health. Curr Oral Health Rep. 2017;4(4):309–318. doi:10.1007/s40496-017-0159-6. Make sure it has billions active cultures first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Folate and vitamin B12 levels in patients with oral lichen planus, stomatitis or glossitis.Thongprasom K, Youngnak P, Aneksuk Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2001 Sep; 32(3):643-7.
  • Schwalfenberg GK, Genuis SJ. The Importance of Magnesium in Clinical Healthcare. Scientifica (Cairo). 2017;2017:4179326.
  • Klimuszko E, Orywal K, Sierpinska T, Sidun J, Golebiewska M. Evaluation of calcium and magnesium contents in tooth enamel without any pathological changes: in vitro preliminary study. Odontology. 2018;106(4):369–376.
  • Klimuszko E, Orywal K, Sierpinska T, Sidun J, Golebiewska M. Evaluation of calcium and magnesium contents in tooth enamel without any pathological changes: in vitro preliminary study. Odontology. 2018;106(4):369–376.
  • Palacios-Sánchez B, Moreno-López LA, Cerero-Lapiedra R, Llamas-Martínez S, Esparza-Gómez G. Alpha lipoic acid efficacy in burning mouth syndrome. A controlled clinical trial. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2015;20(4):e435–e440. Published 2015 Jul 1
  • Alpha-lipoic acid supplementation and diabetes.Singh U, Jialal I Nutr Rev. 2008 Nov; 66(11):646-57.
  • Oral candidiasis and nutritional deficiencies in elderly hospitalised patients.Paillaud E, Merlier I, Dupeyron C, Scherman E, Poupon J, Bories PN Br J Nutr. 2004 Nov; 92(5):861-7.

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