If you have nutritional deficiencies, you may develop fatigue, hair loss, dizziness, excessive bruising, and low immunity. Nutritional deficiencies can also cause problems with your teeth and gums. Here are some nutritional interventions your periodontist in Oak Brook, IL, may recommend to keep your mouth healthy.
Eating a diet rich in vitamin C can help keep periodontal disease away. Vitamin C is essential for healthy gum tissue and collagen function. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, spinach, bell peppers, and broccoli.
People who cannot tolerate foods high in vitamin C because of acid reflux disease, diverticulitis, or other digestive problem, can take vitamin C supplements. Your periodontist in Oak Brook, IL, may recommend that you take a low dose supplement at first because large doses can cause nausea, heartburn, and abdominal cramps. While vitamin C can help prevent periodontal disease, it can raise your risk for enamel erosion. Because of this, you should see your dentist regularly for routine checkups.
Another important nutrient essential for healthy teeth and gums is vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that helps keep your bones healthy, including the bones in your mouth that support your teeth. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and cavities. Spending a few minutes in the sun each day helps your body make vitamin D, however, if you are unable to get outside often or if you live in a cloudy climate, eat more vitamin D rich foods such as low-fat dairy products and fresh fish.
For more information about how good nutrition helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, call the office of Dominik Dubravec, DDS, MMSC, PC or visit the website at