How does mineral deficiency affect oral health?

A mineral deficiency -- especially of calcium, magnesium, zinc, or riboflavin -- can affect oral health in many ways. Calcium keeps your teeth and jaw strong and healthy. Magnesium helps prevent inflammation of the gums and ward off infection and gum disease. A riboflavin deficiency is one cause of burning mouth syndrome, a painful condition in which you experience a sensation of burning or scalding in your mouth.

If you suspect you may be deficient in any of these minerals, talk with your dentist or primary care physician. Both can recommend appropriate supplements if necessary to maintain optimal oral health.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Several oral health problems can result from mineral deficiency:
  • Calcium deficiency can cause several oral health problems like loose teeth, premature tooth loss, softening of teeth and bleeding of gums.
  • Magnesium deficiency can lead to inflamed gum tissue.
  • Zinc deficiency can cause loss of sensation in tongue, loss of taste, dry mouth and susceptibility to gum disease.
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