Hi! Dr. Mark Burhenne here of AsktheDentist.com So, a lot of patients ask, "What is the one supplement or vitamin that I can take that would help me have better oral health?" And that's an easy answer for me but it may come to a surprise to you and to many. It's a Vitamin K2. It's not diet. It's not calcium. It's not fluoride. We could have the best diet possible but if you don't have Vitamin K2 on board, you're not going to have strong teeth and strong bones. Also, your children will not develop fully to their full genetic potential in terms of facial growth. And that has implications later with sleep apnea and facial asymmetry and crowding teeth and wisdom teeth that need to be pulled out. So, if it's not present in the in the bloodstream, there are some proteins that help distribute calcium throughout the body that if they don't see K2, they will not do their job. So again, you can have that optimal diet, you can be taking a calcium supplement and all you're doing is putting calcium into parts of your body that you don't really want to have calcium in, like the walls of your arteries.
MK7 is probably the more important of the two versions of Vitamin K2. Although, I take MK4 as well, just in case. They change their thoughts on that. So, Vitamin K2 is produced by the gut. If your gut microbiome is in an optimal state, you're producing this on your own. We're designed to do that. But, unfortunately, with the Western diet, that's not happening as often as we would like. Also, our diet has strayed away from a Paleo diet. And the Paleo diet, organ meats and fermented bean curd, butter. You know, all those things that we've been told not to eat because of saturated fat. So, our Vitamin K2 stores have been been low in recent past. Again, I would recommend supplementing even for your children. This will help prevent cavities. It'll help prevent crowding of the teeth due to a small jaw growth. You know, lower forward facial development issues.
And so, it's a big one. I mean for the money and time you spend supplementing and eating the right diet, Vitamin K2 is probably the biggest contributor to oral health that I can think of at this time. So again, Vitamin K2. Read about it. We certainly have a lot on AsktheDentist.com, on our website about it. And I encourage you to start thinking about supplementing for your whole family. So anyway, I hope you found that helpful and I look forward to discussing more in the next video. Thanks for watching!.