What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gumline that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It’s caused by bacteria in plaque buildup that produces acids and other toxins that can destroy gum tissue and bone. The good news is that gum disease can easily be reversed if diagnosed in early stages, which is why prevention through proper oral care habits and knowing the signs are crucial.
Signs of Gum Disease
You may not even be aware that you have gum disease because there is often no pain. But here are some of the warning signs and symptoms that may indicate gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Painful chewing
- Diseased gums
- Swollen gums
Treating Gum Disease with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that’s responsible for helping the body grow, heal and repair connective tissue, which also plays an important role in oral health. Vitamin C supports the lining of the gums and keeps them healthy despite the harmful bacteria that inhabits the mouth. Healthy gums are able to separate the bacteria from the roots of the teeth despite their close proximity. When gums are compromised they cannot carry out this function, which leads to early phases of periodontal disease.
Vitamin C is also fundamental for the production of collagen, the basic protein that makes up all connective tissue including the gums, which helps them stay tight to the teeth and the teeth to the jawbone. If gums are already damaged or suffering from any of the signs listed above vitamin C can help! But since vitamin C is water-soluble, the body doesn’t store it long-term and must be consumed every day.
Vitamin C Toothpaste and Mouthwash
A good oral hygiene regimen can certainly keep your gums healthy, but you may be lacking the proper nutrition your gums need to maintain optimal health. Our all-natural toothpaste and mouthwash formulas are created with vitamin C along with organic coconut oil and mint extract to ensure that your gums receive the necessary nutrients.
While eating foods and drinking beverages high in vitamin C will help restore your body’s need for the vitamin and it’s healing properties, your gums often miss out. When brushing with a vitamin C toothpaste, you’re applying the vitamin directly to your gums allowing it to absorb naturally. The same goes for the swishing of our vitamin C mouth rinse!
Keep in mind there is no dosage recommendation to treat gum disease. However, daily use of the Dr. Brite vitamin C toothpaste and mouthwash is definitely enough to repair damaged gums and prevent the development of periodontal disease in the future.
Additional Reading: Tips for preventing gum disease naturally