After we place your dental implants, it’s up to your body to build bone around the implants, integrating them into your body so that they can become permanent, functional replacements for your lost teeth. But in order to be able to repair your bone, your body needs many essential vitamins to help it build. Unfortunately, many Americans’ diets are short in these vital nutrients. If you’re one of them, you may need to make changes to your diet to make sure you’re getting enough.
About 45% of Americans don’t get enough vitamin A.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in bone growth. It’s believed that vitamin A helps the body produce and regulate osteoclasts, cells that break down bone. This may not seem like a good thing, but in building bone, breaking down old bone is an essential part of the process. On the other hand, too much vitamin A might be bad for your bone health.
True vitamin A is found in beef liver, fortified and unfortified dairy products, and eggs. But if you want to get vitamin A without worrying about harming bone health, get it in the form beta-carotene, which is actually a substance that your body can turn into vitamin A if it needs it, but doesn’t stimulate osteoclast overaction.
There are three forms of vitamin B that are involved in bone growth and health, vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), and vitamin B12. Between 40-50% of the population doesn’t get enough of these vitamins. In particular, the elderly and vegans are at risk for low vitamin B.
Vitamin B help control blood plasma levels of homocysteine, which has been associated with bone fracture risk.
Good sources of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are animal foods, but if you’re looking for vegan sources, try fortified breakfast cereals and soy milk. Folate, on the other hand, is commonly found in dark green leafy vegetables.
Because our bodies produce vitamin D in response to sunlight, the people most at risk for vitamin D deficiency are the elderly, the dark-skinned, and those who don’t get enough sun exposure.
Your body needs vitamin D in order to use calcium for building bones.
If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, the best thing to do is get more sun, although you can also get it in your diet with fatty fish, liver, mushrooms, and cheese.
Vitamin K works together with vitamin D to help your body utilize calcium, and low levels of vitamin K have been linked to osteoporosis. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough vitamin K to help their bone health.
Vitamin K can be found in liver, dark green leafy vegetables, and green tea.
Higher Intake for Healing
Even if you have a naturally healthy diet, you might consider increasing your intake of some of these foods in the recovery period after getting dental implants. This will help your body build the bone around dental implants so you can enjoy the benefits of your new teeth for the rest of your life.
To learn more about dental implants in Beverly Hills, please call (310) 275-5325 for an appointment with an implant dentist at Ravon Knopf.