“The tooth is longer” used to be a saying to politely describe a person. This was due to receding gums – a sign of periodontal disease was advanced- very common. This phrase may be disgraced, but periodontal disease remains a serious threat to the health public. The National Institutes of Health reported that 20 percent of Americans have lost their teeth due to periodontal disease. If you have receding gums, talk to your dentist and doctor about treatment options. Furthermore, various vitamins can benefit receding gums.
Our bodies produce vitamin D greatly from exposure to the sun, thus the nickname of vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin.” Unfortunately, the average adult in the United States spends almost nine out of every 10 hours indoors, reports the EPA. Without supplementation or adequate sunlight, vitamin D deficiency is almost certain, says the council of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is a major risk factor for periodontal disease, reports the American Academy of Periodontology.
Adequate levels of vitamin D keep inflammation under control. If gum inflammation is very high, it is more difficult for the immune system fight infection that is causing periodontal disease. The vitamin D council recommends 5,000 international units of vitamin D per day.
People who do not get enough vitamin C have an increased risk of periodontal disease, reports the American Academy of Periodontology. Vitamin C works on two levels to protect your gums from further damage. First, it protects the gums from damage caused by harmful compounds known as free radicals. These are created during metabolism and destroy healthy tissue.
Vitamin C can hijack and destroy free radicals before they damage the gums. In addition, vitamin C is an important component of collagen connective tissue. Collagen is the glue that holds the cells of your gums in place. Eat at least 60 mg of vitamin C per day in the form of food or supplement. Food sources of vitamin A include tomatoes, red peppers and orange juice.
B complex vitamins play a number of important roles in the health of the gums. Importantly, the B vitamins are necessary for the production of new gingival tissue, reports the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. B vitamins include folate, B12, B6, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and thiamine. The sources of B vitamins include fortified cereals, fresh vegetables and fruits. However, vitamin B12 tends to be found in animal products, especially red meat.