Gum Disease – Vitamin C
The role of vitamin C in preventing gum disease
There was a time when dentists were simply tooth doctors, and overall oral health was a secondary consideration. Gum disease was a serious concern, because it is the number one cause of adult edentulism (loss of teeth). Times have changed. Today’s dentist is a practitioner of oral health, and we understand that no clear line exists between oral and overall health. Gum disease is considered a risk factor for a growing number of health concerns, and various systemic conditions increase the risk of gum disease. Similarly, great oral can help promote a healthy body, and a strong immune system can help prevent gum disease.
One of the best-known and most studied nutrients is vitamin C. Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine recently published a study that examined over a decade of research regarding vitamin C. This nutrient plays an important role in the prevention of immune system deficiencies, eye disease, cardiovascular disease, skin wrinkling, prenatal health problems, cancer, stroke – and periodontal disease.
Studies suggest that the optimal dosage of vitamin C is actually higher than the current US RDA (United States recommended daily allowance). Additionally, less than one quarter of adults get the US RDA of vitamin C through consumption of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, supplementation is recommended. When the immune system is compromised, a higher dose is advisable.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which is responsible for many of its therapeutic effects. It is also aids in the regeneration of bone tissue and repair of connective tissues. This is believed to be the result of improved collagen production, the same reason vitamin C helps skin stay youthful. Additionally, this powerful nutrient has been proven to improve the resistance of gingival tissue to penetration by disease-causing bacteria.
Supplementation with vitamin C is good. Taking Pharmaden nutraceuticals that contain vitamin C is better. Why?
- There is no “silver bullet” singular compound capable of providing well-rounded nutritional support. Pharmaden products contain a broad range of healthful nutrients.
- Not all vitamin C is created equal. Pharmaden products use only highly bioavailable forms of all nutrients.
- Absorption rates vary. Swallowing a vitamin does not mean it will enter the bloodstream. All Pharmaden products contain specific nutrients to improve absorption of other ingredients.
Pharmaden offers three formulas containing vitamin C. PerioTherapy has a higher level of vitamin C, and other ingredients designed to support periodontal disease treatment. PerioCare has an adequate level of vitamin C for supporting gum health, and a variety of other ingredients formulated for maintenance or prevention of gum disease. OsteoTherapy+ contains vitamin C to help reduce inflammation that causes bone loss. With comprehensive formulas, Pharmaden nutraceuticals provide a level of health benefits that no singular supplement can.