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The Link between Dental Health, Heart Health and Diabetes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Oral Health Overall Health

What do your teeth and gums say about your overall health?

The health of your teeth and gums can offer you warning to other health conditions developing or existing in your body. Some oral health problems can affect your entire body. Learning the connections between your teeth, gums, and your body can help you to maintain good overall health and catch problems early, preventing disease and death.
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Feeling Tired and Old? Is Vitamin C Your Miracle Supplement?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

How Vitamin C Deficiency Is Sucking the Life Out of You.

If you are deficient in vitamin C, you will quickly notice the signs of scurvy setting in. These symptoms are synonymous with what most people consider “feeling old”. First, you’ll be unmotivated to do anything. You’ll be tired, lethargic, and back-and-forth between depressed and anxious or irritable. Next, you will notice receding or spongy gums, bleeding gums, and bleeding from mucous membranes. This is the collagen matrix that holds your teeth securely in place breaking down. If you start getting sores on your thighs and legs, you are in very dangerous territory, as your body is completely breaking down, inside and out. After your teeth fall out, you will become jaundiced, get a fever, and die.
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Vitamin C Vital to Dental Health

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Bleeding gums are not only a sign of poor dental health, but also a sign of low vitamin C levels. Scurvy, or vitamin C deficiency, is characterized by hair and tooth loss, joint pain and swelling, bleeding, bruising easily, and fatigue. This is because vitamin C is needed to create collagen, the connective tissue that binds together everything in our bodies. Without it, you literally begin to fall apart.

Our bodies are constantly breaking down old tissues and rebuilding new ones with collagen. Even our bones go through this process. Because the gums use so much collagen, you will quickly notice if they’re not getting enough. It has been established that our gums turn over about 20% of their collagen every day.

Collagen builds up the gums, giving them the strength and health that they need to support circulation and tooth adherence. Receding gums also contribute to a receding gum line and tooth sensitivity that can be quickly overcome or vastly improved by consuming adequate amounts of vitamin C. Every time our teeth touch each other they use a little vitamin C. This is why you will notice that the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw will have the most gum recession, decay, and plaque. People that grind or clench their teeth will especially notice extra sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need for vitamin C every day.

Inadequate vitamin C can lead to periodontal disease by opening up the tooth “pockets”. This can cause the gums to bleed and the teeth to fall out, but still at a slower rate than vitamin C deficiency does. Vitamin C keeps the bone around the root of the tooth from shrinking and causing the tooth to loosen by allowing the absorption of calcium into the bone and keeping the bone and tooth matrix strong.

Vitamin C also inhibits the formation of plaque and tartar. In the same manor that vitamin C removes plaque from artery walls and prevents new plaque from forming, it prevents and removes plaque from teeth. In fact, it has been referred to as the “invisible toothbrush” because in studies, people that only brushed their teeth once per day and consumed higher amounts of vitamin C had less plaque and bacteria on their teeth than the other participants that brushed their teeth two or more times per day. Pay attention to your gums if you start supplementing. You could notice your gums tightening as early as the first day.

The “Recommended Daily Allowance” of vitamins is based on the prevention of deficiency and scurvy in a perfectly healthy person, not the individual needs of someone specific. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, an average amount needed per day to prevent heart disease, periodontal disease and cancer is around 10,000 mg per day. That’s the equivalent of about 100 large oranges per day or 72 cups of orange juice per day. It’s no wonder that over 95% of Americans have tooth decay, periodontal disease or gingivitis.

The best vitamin C for dental health is sodium ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates, or mineral salts of sodium ascorbate, lack the acidity of other forms of vitamin C, therefore causing less tooth erosion and stomach discomfort in higher doses. If you take vitamin C in the form of calcium ascorbate, make sure that you do not exceed 2500 mg of calcium in a 24 hour period. Because of the dangers of overdosing on calcium, sodium ascorbate, like the vitamin c found in our vitamin C powder, is recommended for higher vitamin C intakes.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.cforyourself.com/Conditions/Dental_Health/dental_health.html
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/
http://www.doctoryourself.com/toothbrush.html
http://osteoporosis.emedtv.com/calcium/calcium-overdose.html
http://www.gum-disease-teeth-oral-ada.com/ascorbate.htm

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