The other day I had a patient who came in for a medical checkup and he was explaining his teeth were hurting. Actually it was his gums. I asked the gentleman when he last visited a dentist. His response: about two years ago! For anyone that’s two years too long.
Not taking care of your teeth could be a direct link to many medical problems. This might be of interest to you. Did you know that daily brushing and flossing of your teeth might just protect you from a heart attack?
It’s true. And the best part about good oral health is…you have a lot of control over it.
Studies have found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack as those with healthy gums. In one study, researchers looked only at people with confirmed heart disease. Those with poor gum health had a much higher incidence of heart attack.
Whether you have heart disease or not, there is clearly a benefit to good oral care. Today, I’m going to give you some ways to easily go above and beyond brushing and flossing. You’ll boost the health of your teeth and gums… and your heart.
Support Your Oral Health With Supplements
Interestingly, research has shown that it’s the bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease and places your heart at greater risk. Recent studies have also demonstrated that gum disease can also cause inflammation by the increase of your C-reactive protein (CRP) in your body. High CRP levels are linked to poor homocysteine levels in your heart. Whatever the mechanism, there are many supplements you can take that can be very beneficial to your health.
Vitamin C has always been proven helpful for your oral health by preventing gingivitis. Plan to take at least 500 mg of vitamin C every day—I prefer 1000 mg.
Vitamin D may play an important role in reducing the swelling, bleeding and inflammation associated with gum disease. In one study, those with the most vitamin D in their systems were 20% less likely to have bleeding gums than those with the least. You should take at least 400 IU of vitamin D3 each day.
Coenzyme Q10 is another nutrient that has long been known to help with gum disease. In fact, a significant number of patients with gum disease have a CoQ10 deficiency. Take 60 mg each day to protect your gums. If you already have gum disease, take 100 mg a day until your gums have recovered. CoQ10 is also very good for your heart so staying with 100 mg will continue to give you multiple benefits.
Taking good care of your gums and teeth literally takes less than ten minutes a day, and you get such great health benefits from that little bit of time. So, be good to your mouth.
Mark Rosenberg, M.D.