Why Folic Acid is Important for Your Teeth

Why Folic Acid is Important for Your Teeth

Folic acid is well known for its importance in the human body, especially during pregnancy to prevent birth defects. However, this essential nutrient is also beneficial for oral health.

Folic acid is the synthetic version of folate, also known as Vitamin B9. Like other B vitamins, folic acid is water soluble and not stored in large amounts by the body so must be obtained from food sources such a green vegetables, beans, and fortified grains.

One important function of this vitamin is in its ability to boost immune system functioning and to help in healing of cells by involvement in cell growth and repair of damaged cells. This is especially beneficial when it comes to periodontal disease. When used in connection with consistent brushing and flossing, folic acid can help reduce damage to gums and bone tissue associated with periodontal disease, especially when combined with Vitamin C.

It has been shown that babies who are born to women who do not get enough folic acid in their diets have an increased risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate. Women who are pregnant or even those who may become pregnant should be sure to get enough folic acid in their diets or with supplements.

At your next exam, our dentist in Los Angeles can help determine if you are getting enough nutrients in your diet. A dentist may then recommend supplements or even using a special toothpaste or mouth rinse that contains folic acid for better oral health.