Periodontal disease is a severe condition in which bacteria has gotten under your gums and begun to destroy your gums, teeth and even your jawbone. Infection can even enter your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body.
Proper oral hygiene can prevent this from happening, but so can vitamins.
Vitamin C keeps your gums, and the other soft tissues of your mouth, strong. It also protects against gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, and gum inflammation. It prevents bleeding and promotes immunity, which can help curb bacteria.
Vitamin A aids in the resistance to infection and promotes healing. It also helps maintain your salivary flow. Saliva is the body's natural defense against oral bacteria, washing it away from the teeth and gums and killing it.
This vitamin aids in the healing process. It also helps to reduce pain, swelling and bleeding, all of which are early signs of gum disease.
Calcium is important for healthy teeth and bones. It helps to rebuild enamel and keeps your jaw strong. Without strong teeth, you are more susceptible to decay, which can cause infection.
This vitamin aids in the absorption of calcium.
Where to Find
You can easily find specific vitamin supplements, or a multivitamin, which contains all of the vitamins that your body needs. All of the vitamins your gums need to stay healthy can also be found in certain types of food.
Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, as well as dark leafy greens, including spinach, kale and collard greens. These greens also contain vitamin A and calcium.
Aside from dark, leafy greens, vitamin A can be found in other greens, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Calcium is also in dairy products, including milk, cheese and yogurt.
Coenzyme Q10 is in several types of meats, including chicken and beef. It is also in canola and soybean oils as well as parsley.
Vitamin D is found in fortified milk and cereals. It is also in oily fish. But one unique way to get vitamin D is from spending time out in natural sunlight.
Vitamins play a big role in your gum health. No matter how you choose to get your vitamins, be sure to always practice proper oral hygiene and contact our office.