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Don't Overlook Nutrition for Good Oral Health
PORTLAND, OR --(Marketwired - February 16, 2016) - While most people probably don't immediately think of vitamins and minerals when the subject of dental health comes up, the nutrients we ingest have as great a role in the health of our teeth and gums as brushing and flossing.
Vitamins and minerals are required to maintain both healthy teeth and gums, and insufficient intake can lead to a wide range of serious dental issues.
Probably most obvious is calcium. Tooth enamel, after all, is composed largely of calcium. Getting enough calcium helps ensure the integrity of the bones. Specifically for oral health, the bones of the jaw require calcium in order to remain strong, and keep our teeth from becoming loose.
For calcium to be absorbed effectively, however, a person must also be getting adequate levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D facilitates the absorption of calcium in the intestines.
Other nutrients are involved in gum health. Low levels of Coenzyme Q-10 have been observed among those with serious gum problems. Low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids also correlate to significantly higher incidents of periodontal problems.
The mouth is a complex microbial environment. Certain bacteria promote tooth decay, while others can defend against it. Current research indicates certain probiotics can help maintain a healthy balance of flora in the mouth, improving health of both the teeth and gums.
Kirkman ®, an Oregon based nutraceutical company that offers specialty nutraceuticals offers a wide range of nutritional supplements for oral care.
Some of the products offered by Kirkman® that support oral health include:
Founded in 1949, Kirkman ® is the oldest nutritional supplement company serving the special needs community. This experience has allowed Kirkman ® to pioneer effective products in many areas of nutritional supplementation for individuals with special health needs.
Kirkman ® is also a pioneer in the area of purity testing. Its Ultra Tested ® protocol calls for testing every raw ingredient in every nutritional supplement it produces for more than 950 environmental contaminants. No other nutritional supplement company comes close to this level of commitment to producing pure, contaminant free supplements.
Vice President, Marketing
Kirkman Group, Inc.