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Healthier Gums Because of Vitamin C

Healthier Gums Because of Vitamin C

Publish date:     Author: with insights from Pooneh Ram, DDS and Dr. Paris Sabo
Topics: dental care,  gums,  mouthwash,  oral health,  teeth,  toothpaste,  vitamin C,  

A vitamin C deficiency can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, a severe form of gingivitis. Symptoms of periodontal disease start with inflammation of the gums. Without proper care the gum will pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket that can become infected. Plaque and bacteria will spread in the area, causing toxins to break down connective tissues holding teeth in place. But periodontal disease can be prevented with good oral hygiene and a sufficient intake of vitamin C.

Oral health benefits of vitamin C
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in some foods and plays a key role in maintaining the health of the body and mouth.
  • Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the prevention of gum disease by helping to manufacture collagen, a protein that forms the basis of the connective tissue in the gums.
  • Vitamin C is also one of the best natural defenses against bacteria, and can inhibit the formation of plaque in your mouth.
  • Since vitamin C has other systemic benefits such as reducing heart attack and improving our immune system to defend against the common cold, it's a good idea to add vitamin C rich food to your diet.
Signs of vitamin C deficiency 
  • bleeding, inflamed gums
  • dry, scaly skin 
  • nosebleeds
  • easy bruising
  • painful, swollen joints
Foods that are high in vitamin C
Without the proper amount of vitamin C, your body has a difficult time healing wounds and repairing your bones and teeth. For adults, the recommended dietary reference intake for vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day. That's basically a large orange, a cup of strawberries or a chopped red bell pepper. Here are some other foods that are packed with vitamin C:
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • sweet potatoes
  • papaya
  • kiwi 

Side note: If you smoke, you should increase your daily intake of vitamin C by an additional 35 milligrams because smoking depletes vitamin C. That's another reason to quit!

Toothpaste with vitamin C
The oral health benefits of vitamin C make it an important ingredient for healthy teeth and gums. This is why you should consider using dental care products infused with vitamin C. Brushing your teeth with a toothpaste that contains vitamin C ensures absorption of the nutrient directly into the gums. To maximize your dental hygiene brush and floss twice a day, and rinse after meals. Are you looking for a vitamin C-infused toothpaste and mouthwash

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