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Dentistry on Sheppard
100 Sheppard Ave E.
Suite 130
North York, ON
M2N 6N5
416.223.1360

Dental Emergency: 416.899.5293
OR
416.485.7121
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416.223.1360

Oral Health, Nutrition and Supplements

Studies show a healthy, well balanced diet containing mostly natural, nutrient rich, foods and certain dietary supplements can improve oral health. Many of these ideas are, not coincidentally, also excellent for overall whole body health.


Sugar

Minimize. Decreasing the amount of fuel to certain sugar consuming, acid producing, oral bacteria will decrease acidic conditions in the mouth. Acidic conditions are ideal for certain oral bacteria to proliferate and cause tooth decay. Sugar also compromises one's immune system by slowing down nuetrophil white blood cell activity. Sugar metabolism also consumes high levels of B vitamins which may lead to deficiencies.


Alcohol

Minimize. Alcohol is dehydrating and therefore can detrimentally decrease salivary flow. Saliva is a strong protector of teeth and gums by diluting and dispersing plaque bacteria. Alcohol may also reduce vitamin B levels and inhibit formation of new bone.


Fibrous Food

Increase. A fibrous diet that requires extensive chewing stimulates protective saliva. A fibrous diet may also decrease gastric acidity which can flow up into the mouth and contribute to tooth erosion.


Supplements which may be beneficial:


Vitamin C

(2 to 4g daily)

Vitamin C is important in collagen formation. Collagen is a central component in the soft connective tissues which support the teeth. Vitamin C is also needed in new bone fabrication and wound healing. Importantly, low levels of vitamin C have been shown to increase tissue permeability to bacterial toxins.


Calcium and Vitamin D

( calcium – 1g daily)

Calcium is a major component of tooth enamel and can be found in saliva helping to remineralize enamel. Calcium is also important in mineralizing the bone supporting teeth. Vitamin D is needed for calcium uptake from the gastrointestinal track and helps balance calcium and phosphorus in the body.


Co Enzyme Q10

( 50 to 150mg)

– both orally and topically has been shown to decrease gum disease.


Bioflavonoids

( 500 to 1g of mixed flavonoids)

Powerful antioxidants which reduces inflammation and promote healing.


Vitamin A

(25000IU daily with food)

Important in collagen production and wound healing therefore a deficiency may lower resistance to infection including gingivitis and periodontitis.


Vitamin E

( 200-400IU)

shown to benefit patients with severe periodontal disease


Zinc , Selenium, Folic Acid

have also been shown to be helpful in fighting gum disease.


Natural Mouth Rinses

- Herbal Topical Rinses.

Several are available in our office – contain chamomile, echinacea, mint etc.

Note: Vitamin E capsule contents, folic acid liquid, non-acidic vitamin C powder slurry can all be applied topically along the gumline to help fight gum disease.





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