We’re in that time when the blizzard of advertisements about heading off or blunting the effects of colds and flu land like … well, like the flu. One of the biggest names in this game is Vitamin C and so today I’ll write about it and how it can have an effect on your mouth.
One of the biggest pluses for you mouth with Vitamin C is that can help protect against oral health problems. It is also good for maintaining healthy gums and bone density and without those, your teeth won’t have a solid foundation and you’ll lose them.
Of course if you suffer periodontal problems, these problems can put you more at risk for cardiovascular issues and there is a growing body of evidence and ongoing research to more closely identify and quantify links between the two. At the same time, research has shown how Vitamin C can help you maintain good periodontal health – along with a proper regimen of daily brushing and flossing as well as your twice-yearly check-ups with a dentist. So, here are a few links to information about Vitamin C and your oral health:
- The National Institutes of Health: Clinical evidence indicates that vitamin C functions in improving host defence mechanisms and is thereby implicated in preserving periodontal health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2676112
- From the tooth-care giant Colgate, here’s a link to a story on its website about how dietary Vitamin C can protect against oral cancer … http://tinyurl.com/gp6bpw4. From the story: “Participants with the highest dietary vitamin C intake had a 50 percent reduced risk of developing oral pre-cancer as compared to those with the lowest intake.”
- In a look back at the history of oral care and Vitamin C, you can find this article in a 1944 entry in the Journal of the American Dental Assocaition about Vitamin C and gingivitis (it notes that at the time Vitamin C’s “only known uses” were for scurvy”): http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(44)19004-0/abstract … it’s obviously outdated today, but gives an interesting context from 70+ years ago.