Folic Acid for Your Teeth
Folic acid is a B vitamin that is critical for disease prevention and cell growth and repair. Because it is a water-soluble vitamin, the body does not store it and requires daily ingestion or supplementation for best results. Women are often encouraged to increase their intake of folic acid to reduce their risk of birth defects, but research reveals that folic acid is also important for dental health.
Periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults, may be linked to inadequate folic acid intake. Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria, and those who smoke or practice poor dental hygiene are at the highest risk. A balanced diet with plenty of folic acid can help your gums combat the damage of gum disease.
Inadequate folic acid intake is most commonly associated with a poor diet. Most grains, breads and cereals are fortified with folic acid, and a single serving can contain as much as 25 percent of the daily value of this essential nutrient. You can also enjoy natural sources of folate by eating more broccoli, beans, lentils, romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, peas and peanuts.
Besides preventing birth defects and maintaining gum health, folic acid can also help reduce the risk of depression, heart disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Talk to your doctor or our dentist to determine the most appropriate daily intake for your needs before supplementing. Contact our Northridge dentist today to learn more or to schedule your next dental appointment.
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