When you feel a cold coming on, one of the things you may do is head for the medicine cabinet and bulk up with Vitamin C. That can help your immune system fight the cold that is starting in your body.
If Vitamin C is good for a cold, it may have other ways to help the body. It is possible that putting more vitamin C in your diet can improve your gum health too.
How Your Gums are at Risk
Gum disease is a serious problem. It can cause many different oral health issues and if left untreated, can lead to more health problems. One of the causes of gum disease is a buildup of bacteria in the teeth and gums. The bacteria can form deposits of plaque and tartar.
If these are not removed, more problems can occur, including cavities, receding gums, tooth loss and others. The best treatment for gum disease is the removal of the bacteria, but there are other things your body does that can help fight gum disease.
What Does Vitamin C Do?
Your body’s immune system works against bacteria that harms the body. The stronger the immune system is, the harder it is for any bacteria to grow. That provides some more defense against the bacteria that can lead to gum disease.
Vitamin C boosts the immune system. That means an increase in vitamin C can help fight the bacteria that leads to gum disease. The vitamin C can also fortify the structures of the gum and the teeth. If you maintain better overall oral health, that means the gums are healthier as well.
Vitamin C is not a perfect defense against gum disease. You still have to follow all the other good habits to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
To learn more about how to maintain the healthiest teeth and gums possible, contact the dental professionals at our office.