Dangerous bacteria may grow in your mouth even if you brush daily. This bacteria can lead to gum (periodontal)disease and if it is left untreated, it can destroy your gums and spread to the roots of your teeth and the bone in your jaw, which leads to irreversible damage and bone loss. Early warning signs that your gum health is not optimal are red, swollen, tender gums that possibly bleed while brushing or flossing. According to the Journal of Periodontology, your diet is likely part of the problem. People who consumed less than 60 mg per day of Vita C were 25% more likely to have gum disease than people who get 180 mg or more. As you can see in the chart below, which details foods and the quantities of vitamin C they contain, it isn't hard to get 180 mg or more.
So how does vitamin C keep your gums healthy?
Your body needs adequate vitamin C to strengthen your bones and blood vessels, to anchor your teeth into your gums and to form the intracellular cement your body needs for growth, tissue repair and wound healing. It can also strengethen weakened gum tissue and make it more resistant to penetration by disease-causing bacteria. Vitamin C combined with proper brushing, flossing and dental check-ups is the best way to achieve your optimal oral health.
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