Vitamin C Is Important For Gum Health

April 14, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog


Keeping your gums healthy is just as important as keeping your teeth well kept. Gum conditions can have many causes, one of which is poor nutrition. A lack of vitamin C can manifest itself through bleeding gums, which if left untreated can cause gingivitis.

If you or someone you know complains of consistent bleeding gums and the dentist is able to rule out poor dental care, it is most likely linked to diet. Increasing daily intake of vitamin C is a simple and healthy way to promote healthier gums. Consuming foods rich in vitamin C is easier than you may think. Oranges and carrots are high in the nutrient, as are sweet potatoes.

While consuming foods high in vitamin C is better than drinking fruit juices due to their high acidic content and added sugars, having an extra glass of morning orange juice or a supplement drink with vitamin C can be helpful in getting your daily necessity.

Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it isn’t stored in your body for very long. This requires that you receive enough vitamin C in your everyday diet because there aren’t reserves in your system. If you find that consuming enough vitamin C is an issue, consider taking a multivitamin or a supplement each morning to meet your body’s needs.

To learn more about how a healthy diet can affect your oral health, call the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today at 212-288-4455.

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