Nutritional Supplements For Your Healthy Smile

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 8:41 am

Maintaining gum health requires a combination of good home care (brushing and flossing) and regular dental visits. Other risk factors include some that are outside our control including hormonal changes, certain diseases and some medications. The things we can control – whether or not we smoke or use other types of tobacco and our diet. Poor nutrition increases your risk of developing periodontal disease but some nutritional supplements may help.

  • Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrients that is needed by every cell in your body to make energy. It is beneficial for a variety of diseases, including gum disease because of its role as an antioxidant. Researchers have known for the past 30 years that CoQ10 can help reduce deterioration of the gums and allow healing to occur (Wilkinson EG et al 1976).
  • Calcium. Three out of four Americans don’t get adequate calcium each day and studies have shown that people who had low calcium intake were almost twice as likely to have gum disease.
  • Folic Acid. Folic Acid not only protects against birth defects and heart disease, it has also been shown to reduce the risk of gum disease (Stein GM et al 1973). Scientists are studying whether folic acid mouth rinses would be effective.
  • Green Tea. Green tea is wonderful stuff and full of good-for-you antioxidants. Green tea possesses two specific types of polyphenols that have been shown to fight oral plaque and bacteria. Green tea extract has been shown to inhibit the type of bacteria that causes cavities.
  • Vitamin C does more than protect against scurvy. Studies have shown that people with periodontal disease who consumed additional vitamin C improved the health of their gum tissue in only 6 weeks.

The best way to get the nutrients you need is by eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables with lots of low-fat dairy for calcium. If you don’t feel that you are getting the nutrients you need from your diet remember to talk to your doctor before starting supplements.

If you would like to learn more about nutrition and your healthy smile please feel free to ask at your next visit. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your dental hygiene visit.

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