Vitamin C is Good for your Gums!

Periodontal conditions can have many causes: don’t forget to consider poor nutrition!  Inadequate Vitamin C can lead to bleeding gums and can develop into gingivitis if left untreated.  Vitamin C also helps the body perform maintenance and repair on bones, teeth and cartilage.  Signs of Vitamin C deficiency can appear within one month of little to no Vitamin C intake.   There is risk of developing periodontal disease,  gingivitis and /or bone loss with low levels of Vitamin C.  Symptoms begin with inflammation of the gum around the tooth.   The gum will pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket that can become infected.  Plaque will spread and grow in the area, causing a release of toxins that can break down the connective tissue holding your teeth in place.

Vitamin C will also inhibit the formation of plaque and tartar.  In fact, it is referred to as the invisible toothbrush, so even if you are a tooth brushing fanatic, you may not get your teeth as clean and healthy as possible without adequate amounts of Vitamin C.   People who grind or clench their teeth will notice more sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need for Vitamin C.  Also, it has been found that people who consume less that the daily allowance  of Vitamin C are 1 ½ times more likely to develop severe gingivitis that those who consume 3x the amount.   Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that the body doesn’t store it long-term and you need to consume it daily.  The Institute of Medicine recommends 90 milligrams per day for men older than 18 years and 74 milligrams per day for women older than 18 years.   However, there is no recommended dosage to treat gum disease.   Since Vitamin C is one of best natural defuses against bacteria, it is essential for healthy gum s and teeth.  Let’s not forget that the mouth is the gateway to the body not only for food, but also for unwanted bacteria!

Shared by Lori , R.D.H at Maple Mews Dental

Vitamin C is Good for your Gums!

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