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Can Your Diet Lead to Gum Disease?-June 28, 2011

Good nutrition and diet promotes oral health that acts as a channel to encourage overall health and development. This is because the mouth is the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract and has the ability to chew and swallow providing essential nutrients to the body for good health. Nutritional problems can manifest when there is inadequate dietary intake of a nutrient, which can affect our entire body including our dental health. Daily flossing and brushing are a must, but even if proper dental hygiene   regime is already in place, unhealthy inflamed gums (gingivitis) and tooth decay may be caused by an inadequate diet.  In fact, research has shown that gum disease is often secondary to a poor diet.  

Below are several vitamins and minerals that have a great significance in keeping our mouths healthy:

Vitamin B deficiency often leads to burning sensation in the mouth. This creates difficulty in swallowing and may cause damage to the tissues of inner cheeks. Severe deficiency of Vitamin B12 can result in various gastrointestinal and neurological defects that result in numb or tingling limbs. If any individual develops a sore, pale fissured, swollen and a beefy-red tongue, vitamin deficiency is the often the reason.  Vitamin B1 can prevent tongue inflammation and discoloration of gum tissues. Vitamin B2 prevents inflammation of the tongue and the skin of the mouth. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) reduces the symptoms of gingivitis. Vitamin B7 (Biotin) can prevent tongue inflammation and discoloration of oral tissues.

The source foods for these vitamins are sunflower seeds, mushrooms, ricotta cheese, milk egg, nuts, bananas, leafy green vegetables and fortified cereals.

Are your gums bleeding when you brush or floss?  Are you getting enough Vitamin B in your diet to prevent gum disease and establish good overall health?





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