Happy National Vitamin C Day!
Why should we celebrate this particular supplement to our bodies? Well, because it has the properties to help support oral health!
Our teeth are held in place partially due to sturdy bone structure and partly due to supporting solid gum tissue. Think about how buildings are constructed and maintained. It has “strong bones,” as we say, and a reliable foundation to keep the building from shifting. In this case, Vitamin C is the foundation supporting the structure.
Vitamin C boosts periodontal (gum) health by maintaining gingiva, periodontal ligament, cementum, and alveolar bone, which all support teeth. It is required for tissue regeneration; therefore, it supports the overall framework of our mouths and other components of our body. Based on this, studies have shown Vitamin C may lower the risk of periodontal disease and even facilitate healing of the periodontium due to its potent antioxidant capacity.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that consuming a ton of Vitamin C every day is beneficial, but specific amounts have nutritional value based on your body. All is good within moderation, so the amount consumed should be monitored for optimal oral health. The best way to make sure you are fueling your body is by consuming fruits and vegetables. Sometimes additional supplements can be taken if advised by your doctor.
Everyone is different, and we are happy to guide you on the best methods to maintain and improve your oral health. Ask one of our specialists about the best approach to your Vitamin C intake for your gums, or ask your primary care physician.
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