Want To Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease? Eat An Orange!

“Vitamin C is the world’s best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine. Let the greats be given their due. The importance of vitamin C cannot be overemphasized.”
 – Andrew Saul, Ph.D.

A recent study found that people who consume 60 grams of vitamin C a day significantly reduce their risk of getting periodontal disease. Now if you think that sounds like a lot, you won’t after finding out it’s the amount found in a regular-sized orange.

oral health can be improved by adding vitamin C to your diet
Oral Health and Vitamin C

It’s no secret that when you feel an illness coming on, vitamin C is one of the things to reach for. In fact, research conducted over the past 75 years has shown vitamin C to be nature’s most powerful nutrient for healing. Even before this research, 18th century sailors intuitively knew that eating citrus would keep their gums from bleeding.

If you’re not a fan of oranges, don’t worry. Vitamin C is found in several other foods including:

  • Berries
  • Mangoes
  • Grapefruits
  • Lemons
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Red or Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Guavas
  • Kale
  • Turnip Greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Papayas
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts

For those who have never had periodontal disease, trust us. You do not want to go there! Any steps you can take to preserve the health of your gums are much easier than the procedures needed to treat gum disease and reverse the damage it causes to your mouth. Click here for some tasty recipes to increase the vitamin C in your diet.

If you notice any of the early warning signs of gum disease such as puffy or bleeding gums, first eat an orange—then get in touch with us at Anthem Periodontics and Implants to schedule an oral health evaluation.