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The Truth About Dental Vitamins

We all want stronger, healthier teeth. That’s why we care for our teeth by brushing and flossing and by visiting the dentist at least once a year. But what if there were an easier way to get the strong, healthy teeth we desire?

Recently, some new products have debuted in the marketplace that claim to do just that: give us stronger, healthier teeth, naturally. A new line of vitamins insists it can help with everything from tooth loss to bad breath. But are these claims true? And if so, which supplements should you be taking to improve your oral health?

The Claims

Losing our teeth as we age should not be a normal part of aging, but it is a common one, with an estimated 178 million American adults missing at least one tooth. But how can it be prevented? While conventional wisdom has always said that caring for our oral health by brushing and flossing is the best way to keep our natural teeth, a new line of vitamins claims it can help prevent tooth loss.

The active ingredients listed on the vitamins include berberine, which is supposed to reduce inflammation (inflammation can occur due to gum disease, which could cause tooth loss), and chanca piedra, another antiinflammatory. But will these actually prevent you from losing teeth?

Not quite. If your oral health is already spotless, your teeth are probably safe, however, if you have poor oral health and are in danger of losing a tooth, you probably aren’t going to be able to save it with a vitamin. The best way to save a tooth from tooth loss is by caring for your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing.

Are Vitamins Worth It?

So, if vitamins can’t save a tooth from falling, are they even worth taking? That’s a very good question. Oral health vitamins can still contain beneficial minerals and probiotics that are good for you, but whether or not they are worth the investment is largely up to you. They probably can’t hurt to try, but they probably won’t save your teeth if you’re not already taking care of them.

The best way to guard your teeth against the ailments these oral health vitamins claim to prevent is to care for your teeth the old fashioned way, by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and undergoing regular dental cleanings and exams at least once a year.

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