Gum disease is a condition in which the gums are inflamed, which is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can progress to chronic periodontitis if it is not treated adequately by a dentist or home care. Gingivitis is solely limited to the gum tissue. However, periodontitis involves gums and bone tissue around the teeth. When the bone tissue around teeth are affected, it can cause painful eating/chewing, and lead to tooth loss if it is not resolved through periodontal treatment. Periodontitis can be exacerbated by other systemic conditions like diabetes, stress, hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or puberty, and inadequate nutrition. There are vitamins and nutrients that can help treat periodontal disease when used adjunctively with dental treatment and home care.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant; it is important in forming collagen and repairing connective tissue and bone that support teeth. Vitamin D plays an important role in the immune system and bone health/metabolism. Vitamin D also helps with calcium absorption and maintaining a healthy balance of Calcium and Phosphorus. Calcium is critical for healthy bone including the bone in the mouth and jaw area. Vitamin E, also an antioxidant, helps reduce inflammation and can be helpful in alleviating periodontal disease. Vitamin A, which is necessary for collagen synthesis is beneficial, especially when used with Zinc. Zinc fights plaque formation and buildup around teeth. Plaque buildup around teeth is one of the main contributing factors in gum inflammation.
Folic Acid, Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil, and Coenzyme Q10 are also vital nutrients in reducing one's susceptibility to the progression of periodontal disease. A balanced diet can help reduce the risk of periodontal problems and nutrient supplements are beneficial as anti inflammatory mediators. They also help the body's immune response. Gum disease is a combination of inflammation and the body's immune response to itself. There is a recommended daily intake for each vitamin/antioxidant. And studies have shown correlation between deficient nutrient levels and poor periodontal health.
At Museum Smiles Dentistry, during your comprehensive dental exam, we evaluate the health of your gums, bones, and teeth. And assess the risk of any gum problems that may be present. Healthy gums can reduce the risk of systemic problems like heart disease and/or increased blood sugar or circulation problems. Oral health is pertinent to general systemic health.
Contact us to schedule a dental consultation. We are conveniently located within a few minutes of downtown Fort Worth and within walking distance of the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum. We proudly serve patients from Arlington, Keller, and Fort Worth Areas.