Nutritional Support for Periodontal Disease:
Nutrients that boost the immune system, build collagen in the periodontal ligaments, and decrease inflammation can help battle gum disease.
Coenzyme Q10 is an enzyme involved in energy production. Although present in food, CoQ10 is not considered a vitamin. The body is able to make it from raw materials contained in food. However, our bodies require more as we grow older because we are unable to produce enough to meet our needs.
Studies have shown that taking 50 to 100 mg per day often halted the deterioration of the gums. Other studies suggest that topical application promotes healing by reducing inflammation and bleeding, inhibiting bacterial growth, and modifying the immune response to protect gums.
Vitamins and Antioxidants
Antioxidants play a major role in the immune system, fighting cancer and aging. Studies have shown that antioxidant levels play a role in periodontal disease. Periodontal disease significantly improves when antioxidant levels are abundant.
Key Antioxidants for Gum Health:
- Vitamins A
- Vitamins E
Catechin, found in green tea, has shown a strong correlation in reduction of bleeding and inflammation in gums
The“Glutathione Precursor”, allows the body to naturally produce Glutathione. Glutathione is known as the “Master Antioxidant”. It naturally occurs in each cell and, when in abundance, significantly lowers the incidence of periodontal disease.
Vitamin C is needed for collagen formation and healing of wounds. It is also shown to improve resistance to infection.
Other Health Benefits: Fewer incidences of flu, reduced risk for all inflammatory diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular diseases. Can raise good cholesterol levels; reduction of asthmatic flare ups. Anti-inflammatory nutrients such as bromelain and papain can be beneficial for wound healing. These can be found in foods like papaya, and pineapple.
Recommended supplementation during periodontal treatment and maintenance:
- Vitamin C: 500-1000mg daily
- NAC (cysteine): 200mg-500mg 3 times daily
- CoQ10-50-100mg (in divided doses with food)
- Green Tea—1-3 cups daily