Supplements That Can Help you Fight Gum Infection
Gum disease is a chronic infection by oral bacteria. These bacteria grow within plaque and irritate the gums. The gums respond with inflammation, and over time, the chronic inflammation can lead to bleeding, swelling and tissue loss. Only professional periodontal therapy can stop the progression of periodontal disease, but you can take steps at home to promote healing.
1. A healthy diet
A balanced diet can be one of your strongest allies in the fight against periodontal disease. Along with your regular diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, you may need to take extra care to ensure you are getting enough vitamins C and D. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and helps repair the connective tissues in the gums. Foods like kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and more, are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin D can reduce the risk of gum bleeding and is also necessary for bone and tooth strength. You can get more vitamin D from fortified dairy products or supplements. Cranberry juice can also be a good addition to your diet. It can help keep bacteria from adhering strongly to your teeth.
2. Stress reduction
Too much stress can increase the risk of plaque accumulation and delay healing. Try yoga, Tai Chi or meditation to ease the effects of stress. Taking steps to reduce the amount of stress in your day-to-day life is important in all aspects of your life.
Some supplements can help combat gum disease. Coenzyme Q10 has antioxidants that can help repair damaged tissues. Look for toothpaste containing CoQ10 for the best results. Tea tree oil combats oral bacteria thanks to its natural antibacterial properties. Use a tea tree oil-based toothpaste or mouthwash, also.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in periodontal treatments in Northridge.
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