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Importance of Folic Acid for Teeth

importance of folic acid for teethFolic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, is an essential nutrient that promotes cell growth, cell repair, and disease prevention. The best way to get enough folic acid into your system is through your diet. Many grains such as bread, pasta, and cereal are fortified with folic acid, and you can also find it in romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, peas, broccoli, beets, beans, lentils, peanuts, and sunflower seeds. Our North Hollywood dentist may also recommend using folic acid toothpaste or mouthwash in order to get a sufficient amount.

It is vital that you get enough folic acid every day because it is water-soluble, which means that it will not be stored in the body for very long, so your folic acid levels need to be replenished to avoid deficiency complications. It is especially important for pregnant women to get enough folic acid because the child could be born with a spine or brain defect if not enough folic acid is taken in.

But it is important for everyone to get enough folic acid in order to reduce your chances of developing gum disease. Numerous Americans suffer from mild to severe gum disease, and some of the best ways to treat it is with daily brushing and flossing and schedule dental examination with your dentist at least twice a year. Folic acid also helps with gum disease because it helps repair the damaged cells in your gum tissue. Folic acid works together with Vitamin C to help prevent and treat periodontal disease, no matter what your age is.

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