The quest for healthy teeth and gums does not end with tooth brushing and flossing. Regular dental check-ups plus a nutritious diet are needed to achieve that end goal. However, given the external pressures of modern living (pollutants around us and food grown on nutrition depleted soil), a balanced diet may not be sufficient enough.
Vitamin C. This vitamin is not only a powerful antioxidant but also promotes the production of collagen – a vital ingredient in the growth and development of supportive tissues surrounding the teeth. Vitamin C also fights infection and gives teeth the extra protection it needs.
Calcium. Healthy teeth and bones need adequate calcium. Utilized by bones in creating and regenerating tissue, calcium give bones supporting teeth the strength it needs.
Vitamin A. Necessary in the development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, eyes, bones and teeth; Vitamin A prevents inflammation and promotes the recovery of swollen gums. In addition, this vitamin keeps the mouth moist as it aids in keeping mucus membranes healthy.
Vitamin D. Like Vitamin C, Vitamin D helps fight infection by raising the person’s immune system. Further, the vitamin fortifies teeth making it less susceptible to decay and cavities. If that isn’t enough, it has been suggested that Vitamin D helps in the healing process of damaged teeth.
Coconut oil. Gargling with coconut oil helps in reducing bacteria in the mouth. Adding it to food or beverages provides extra nourishment for the body’s self-healing properties.
Before proceeding with these supplements, always remember to consult a physician first. Remember that too much of anything good can be damaging to the system. Professionals will give you proper daily recommendations so as to avoid overdose and possible complications.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that affects a person’s joints and linings. The disorder develops when a person’s immune system misclassifies a person’s protein and works overtime to defeat it.
Why this happens is still not clear but doctors and experts have attributed it to genetics or environmental factors. Recently however, researchers have discovered that there is a correlation between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Comparing and analysing synovial fluid samples from rheumatoid sufferers and from those who don’t suffer the condition, dental researchers from Germany found that those who have rheumatoid arthritis carry the DNA of the bacteria that cause gingivitis infections. This latest research highlights previous studies between gingivitis to arthritis.
Earlier, researchers from the New York Hospital for Joints Diseases discovered that there is a link between gingivitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Comparing samples from sufferers and non-sufferers, the study revealed that those who have arthritis had greater exposure to the gingivitis bacteria and those with worse gum disease exhibit severe arthritis.
How bacteria found in the mouth can lead to arthritis is still not clear but according to other reports and studies, it could be through extra-oral translocation, which simply means that the bacteria are moving from the oral cavity to other areas of the body.
Fortunately, gum disease in its early stages can be treated and be reversed but if left unchecked, it can worsen and lead to a developed stage of gum disease that affects more than the gums. The best treatment against gum disease is to keep the gums healthy. Regular dental visits and observing proper oral health care through brushing and flossing lessens the bacteria.
However, if you are already suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, proper brushing and cleaning can be difficult. The American Dental Association (ADA) have suggested the following to make it easier for the patient:
• Look for toothbrushes that are easier to grip.
• Use mouthwash to prevent cavities.
• Explore other types of floss available.
• Quit smoking.
• Discuss the problem with your dentist.