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Zinc Adequacy Is Essential for the Maintenance of Optimal Oral Health

Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, KK 737 St, Kigali, Rwanda
Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Bridgetown BB11000, Barbados
Department of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284, USA
College of Advancing & Professional Studies (CAPS), University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), Boston, MA 02125, USA
Department of Pathology, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA 16509, USA
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Nutrients 2020, 12(4), 949;
Received: 11 February 2020 / Revised: 20 March 2020 / Accepted: 26 March 2020 / Published: 30 March 2020
Zinc, a metal found in the Earth’s crust, is indispensable for human health. In the human body, around 60% of zinc is present in muscles, 30% in bones, and the remaining 10% in skin, hair, pancreas, kidneys and plasma. An adequate zinc balance is essential for the maintenance of skeletal growth, development and function. It is also necessary for basic cellular functions including enzyme activation, cell signaling and energy metabolism. Inadequate zinc status is associated with a wide variety of systemic disorders including cardiovascular impairment, musculoskeletal dysfunctions and oromaxillary diseases. In this article, we briefly discuss the role of zinc deficiency in the genesis of various oromaxillary diseases, and explain why adequate zinc homeostasis is vital for the maintenance of oral and general health. View Full-Text
Keywords: zinc; oral health; oral tumor; periodontal diseases; oral mucositis zinc; oral health; oral tumor; periodontal diseases; oral mucositis
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Uwitonze, A.M.; Ojeh, N.; Murererehe, J.; Atfi, A.; Razzaque, M.S. Zinc Adequacy Is Essential for the Maintenance of Optimal Oral Health. Nutrients 2020, 12, 949.

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