A recent release in the Journal of Periodontology cites that consuming 180 mg of vitamin C per day gives your gums and teeth a healthy boost. Why? To begin, vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory. It also binds cells to build connective tissue with collagen. Vitamin C has even been shown to increase bone regrowth, which helps to restore teeth.
Dietary sources of vitamin C include coconut water, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc.), red peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli and oranges. Because chewable vitamin C is highly acidic, it should be avoided since it can erode tooth enamel. If your diet lacks the ample amount of vitamin C rich foods, a non-acidic powder form can be purchased. Another option is vitamin C chewing gum.
Healthy teeth and gums create a more attractive smile, give fresher breath and decrease your risk of tooth loss. While foods and vitamin supplements are beneficial to maintaining a healthy mouth, having a professionally cleaned mouth is your best choice. If you haven’t kept regular dental cleaning visits and/or do not floss daily, arrange an examination by calling toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.