Vitamin C helps to prevent gum disease

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Vitamin C Can Prevent Gum Disease(NaturalHealth365) Periodontal disease is characterized by swollen, bleeding gums and pocket formation. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Conventionally speaking, deep dental cleanings and oral surgery tend to be the ‘standard’ form of treatment for this condition.

Unfortunately, most patients are never told that collagen – the connective tissue, capable of building up the gums – is needed to strengthen the teeth. This is where large doses of vitamin C could work wonders on restore gum health.

A better solution for gum disease

There is a shifting paradigm in our understanding of gum disease. Many researchers in the field of nutrition understand bleeding swollen gums are a sign of scurvy – which is the hallmark of a vitamin C deficiency.

How does vitamin C help to prevent gum disease?

Everything from receding gums and tooth sensitivity can often be attributed to a vitamin C deficiency. It is estimated that gums turn over at least 20% of their collagen every single day. Collagen supports the gums by promoting both circulation and strength.

Every time teeth touch each other, from chewing food or grinding together, they use up some vitamin C. This is why the teeth that touch first when you close your mouth will have the most gum recession, decay and plaque buildup.

Yes, vitamin C inhibits the formation of plaque and tartar. In fact, vitamin C is referred to as the invisible toothbrush. Even if you are a tooth brushing fanatic – you may not get the results you want without adequate amounts of vitamin C.

Vitamin C deficiency promotes plaque buildup

There are scientific studies cited in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine which looked at brushing frequency and vitamin C status. Research revealed that individuals brushing once a day – and having good vitamin C levels – had less plaque than those who brushed twice or more daily, but had low levels of vitamin C.

People that grind or clench their teeth will notice more sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need of vitamin C. Also, it has been found that people who consume less than the daily allowance of vitamin C, are one and half times more likely to develop severe gingivitis than those who consumed three times the amount.

While only a small amount of vitamin C intake a day is needed to prevent scurvy, this is hardly sufficient for optimal adrenal and oral health. What isn’t well recognized is that scurvy is a continuum and although low levels of scurvy aren’t recognized by the medical establishment – it still exists.

Vitamin C effectively kills unfriendly bacteria

Since vitamin C is one of the best natural defenses against bacteria – it is essential for health teeth and gums. Let’s not forget, the mouth is the gateway to the body not only for food, but also for unwanted bacteria.

The toxins – which the bacteria emit – are a real cause of dental disease. They promote gum pocketing, which eventually leads to tooth lost. While vitamin C is one of the best toxin killers – it is also a wonderful electron donor.

Toxins deplete electron stores at the cellular level. Having sufficient electrons inside your cells will save the gum walls – when toxins are prevalent in the oral cavity.

How modern dentistry fails to save teeth

Periodontal exams are considered the best form of prevention. That’s like saying mammograms prevent breast cancer – very deceptive, to say the least.

If periodontal and dentist recommendations for gum and tooth health were so good why would we have statistics which say one out of every two American adults, over 30 years of age, have some form of periodontal disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the risk for adults – 65 and older – goes up to 70.1 percent. Their study was published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.

Will conventional dentistry ever tell the truth about gum disease?

The simple fact is most Americans are eating too many simple sugars and processed foods. All processed foods along with sugar, corn syrup, and other sweeteners deplete the body of vitamin C.

Yet, this fact is not addressed by the dental association and guidelines for dental health fail to mention the importance of vitamin C.  One thing to remember – when choosing any form of vitamin C – avoid the GMOs.  Unfortunately, most brands contain genetically engineered ingredients – so ask your supplier before you make your purchase.

Generally speaking, only around 20% of oral vitamin C is absorbed – with the balance remaining in the gastrointestinal tract to attract water and loosen the bowels.

Periodontal disease, once established, needs more than a low dose vitamin C supplement. This is where liposome-encapsulated vitamin C can help. Liposomal vitamin C is utilized and absorbed easily and can be taken in larger amounts – without the risk of diarrhea or stomach upset.

Bottom line, daily brushing and flossing are simply not enough to avoid gum disease. Be sure to maintain a healthy diet – low in simple sugars and processed foods. Plus, always eat a diet rich in vitamin C and supplement – if needed.

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Jonathan LandsmanAbout the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of NaturalHealth365.com, the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show and the NaturalNews Inner Circle – a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.

Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host – Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic (non-GMO) diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits including exercise and meditation.

References:
http://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm
http://nutri.com/blog/2012/02/vitamin-c-vital-to-dental-health
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15693825
http://www.doctoryourself.com/toothbrush.html

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  • carolín

    While I appreciate the information put forth in this article, I wonder if it needs to be so strong in discounting the dental profession?

    I’m not sure that emphasizing the need for periodontal checkups is tantamount to saying they’re a cure… just that knowledge is power, so if you know you have a problem, you can take care of it. Same with the statistics: who in this day and age isn’t aware that they should eat less sugar? Nobody’s pouring down their throats, after all. Yes, the dental profession needs to do more educating/prevention and rely less on palliative care. No doubt about it. But let’s keep the responsibility for eating a healthy diet on the person who’s making those choices in the first place.

    I think a collaborative approach to the medical professions is more positive than taking a combative, blaming stance. Many doctors and dentists truly want to help their patients.

  • Eileen

    When I was a young child my mother took me to the dentist who filled most of my lower teeth with fillings. From the time I was about 11 years (I’m guesstimating) until I was 55 years old I did not get one new cavity. The only problem I had was with the fillings, I believe the dentist who filled my teeth at a young age was just creating a customer for future dental work. When we go to the dentist we never think of getting a second opinion. We should. When my older was around 8 she was experiencing many headaches so thinking it might be her teeth I took her to the dentist. He said she had 13 cavities. I decided to get a second opinion and this dentist said she didn’t have any. Found out later it was her sinus’. Be sure to get a second opinion if possible!

  • Stewart Mitchell

    Dentists are generally psychotic

  • Manjitsingh Bhalla

    A well nourishing diet rich in minerals and vitamins are always favorable for better oral health. Question that may have been arisen with “how vitamin C helps controlling gum diseases” is well justified. Collagens, the connective tissues, do help in forming the gums, and Vitamin C turns over collagen levels; nice info. That is how Vitamin C helps in restoring the gum tissues and that is why managing vitamin C deficiency is important too!