by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
Did you know that Vitamin C is essential to the health of your gums? You may be familiar with Vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, or in skin care products that can brighten the appearance of dull skin or dark spots. When vitamin C is included in oral care products like Dr. Brite’s mouthwashes and oral sprays, gum irritation can come to a complete stop thanks to the antioxidant properties of this nutrient. So, let’s “C” why vitamin C is crucial not only to our overall health, but also to our oral health.
In this article you will learn:
- What vitamin C is and how it works in the body
- What happens when the body has a lack of vitamin C
- Why vitamin C is great for oral health
- Where to find oral care products that contain vitamin C
What Vitamin C Does
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, acts as an antioxidant in the body that protects cells against damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals like air pollution, smoke, and UV rays, can affect cells and lead to serious health complications with increased exposure. In a way, vitamin C acts like a bodyguard to your body’s cells so that they stay normal and unaffected by free radicals.
Vitamin C is also important to the production of collagen, a protein which heals wounds in the body, and it helps maintain the immune system so that it can function properly and fight against infection.
What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Vitamin C
Let’s take a trip through history, between the 15th and 18th centuries Europeans were sailing around the world and as a result of these long journeys, sailors’ health deteriorated drastically. One disease that inflicted crews and caused massive losses was scurvy. Scurvy occurs when the body is not consuming enough vitamin C. This leads to teeth falling out, swollen and rotten gums, and a host of ugly symptoms along with death.
It wasn’t until James Lind, who was working for the British Royal Navy, discovered in 1747 that citrus fruits helped cure the symptoms of scurvy. Fun fact: This is why British sailors are sometimes called “limeys.” British sailors would actually eat limes to prevent scurvy making them, at the time, one of the healthiest navies sailing the seas.
But back to Vitamin C. Let’s break down what this essential nutrient is and what it does for the body.
How Vitamin C Helps Oral Health
So, say your gums are inflamed or irritated. When vitamin C is introduced in an oral care routine, like through Dr. Brite's mouthwash, the soft tissues in the mouth actually absorb this nutrient. From there, its antioxidant power gets to work by both speeding up the healing process and protecting your gums to prevent any further infection.
Where to Find Vitamin C Oral Care Products
Not all oral care products are made the same. Our team at Dr. Brite believes in treating your mouth to natural ingredients that are actually good for you, which is why we’re one of the few companies that actually incorporates vitamin C in our formulations. We could be like our competition and use harsh alcohols to kill germs, but this can actually worsen the problem and possibly lead to a dry mouth.
Besides our mouthwashes and oral sprays, vitamin C is a staple ingredient in every Dr. Brite product including our toothpastes and teeth whitening pens. That’s how seriously we believe in the power of vitamin C and how much we truly care about your gum health.
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