The foods you eat are important because they affect your oral health. There are a number of nutrients that are required for good oral health. Vitamin C is an important nutrient that can help keep your gums strong, reducing your risk of gum disease. Dr. Ann Kania can assess the health and strength of your gums.
Vitamin C is an essential component of collagen development, which helps build the framework of tissues, including your gums. Collagen is constantly being formed by your body. The nutrient also helps strengthen your gum tissue and blood vessels to anchor your teeth into your gums and make your gum lining resistant to bacteria. When your gum tissues become weak, bacteria can easily enter your gums and cause inflammation and infection. It’s important to have vitamin C in your system so your tissues remain strong.
Studies reveal that an inadequate amount of vitamin C increases your risk of developing periodontal disease. When the bacteria that cause periodontal disease eat away your gum tissue and the underlying bone, you are at risk for tooth loss and other complications. Vitamin C, however, can rebuild your gum tissue to help protect your mouth from destruction. The vitamin helps grow new tissues to heal wounds and repair your tissues, making your recovery time quicker. Furthermore, vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system to fight diseases, including gum infections.
Sources of Vitamin C
Many fresh fruits, especially citrus fruits like oranges and kiwis, are high in vitamin C. The downside is that these fruits are also very acidic, and can erode your enamel and contribute to decay. Other great sources of vitamin C include cantaloupe, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, strawberries, and tomatoes. A diet that is balanced and contains a variety of whole foods ensures your best nutrient intake.
Dr. Kania can help detect weak gums and periodontal disease in its early stages and treat it appropriately. Contact Dr. Kania at our dentist office in Encintas, California at (760) 642-0711 to request an appointment. We welcome patients from Del Mar, La Costa, Rancho Santa Fe, and the greater San Diego area.