Vitamin C isn't just to fight off colds, it helps your oral health, too
It’s been a winter of colds and flu and you’ve certainly seen ads on TV and the internet about products that fight both and feature Vitamin C. Well, when the cold and flu season leaves us, don’t let the Vitamin C leave, too. Vitamin C, especially that gained in your diet and not a supplement, can help protect against oral cancer as well as support good health for your gums.
Of course if you suffer periodontal problems, they 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 healh – 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C’s “only known uses” were for scurvy”): http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(44)19004-0/abstract … it’s obviously outdated today, but gives an interesting context from 70+ years ago.