How Does Vitamin C Impact Your Oral Health – What Dentists Say

Did you know dentists and their families regularly take a tablet of time-release vitamin C every day in the morning? Here is the reason behind this:

Vitamin C prevents the formation of plaque leading to tartar on the teeth. In order to fight infection, and synthesize new collagen while protecting proteins, DNA, and long-chain fatty acids from potential problems, your body needs sufficient vitamin C. 

If you or one of your family members has Vitamin C deficiency, you are at a high risk of developing gum recession, cavities, tooth sensitivity, gum inflammation, and enamel erosion. This not only increases the risk of developing several oral health problems but also increases the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis and several problems related to inflammatory reactions. 

And if any of your family members are in the habit of clenching or grinding their teeth, they need more vitamin C than others to fight back gum diseases and tooth sensitivity.

Here’s an interesting fact, most Americans do not have a sufficient amount of vitamin C in their body necessary for optimal overall and oral health. Remember that processed foods along with corn syrup, sweeteners, and sugar can rapidly deplete your body of vitamin C.

So it is very important to keep a close eye on how much vitamins you are getting in your body every day. Here are some FAQs related to vitamins.

How Much Vitamin C Should You Take Daily?

  • Men aged 19 and above should take 90 mg vitamin C per day
  • Women aged 19+ should take 75 mg per day
  • Men and women who smoke must at least take 35mg daily

How Much is Unhealthy?

  • Vitamins have to be taken in moderation. For instance, if you take over 2000 mg of vitamin C in a single day, it can increase the risk of birth defects, kidney stones, excessive iron absorption, B-12 deficiency, and decreased dental enamel.

How Much Vitamin C Supplement is Recommended for Best Oral Health?

  • 500 mg of vitamin C from a tablet is more than enough for your body. Dentists at Icon Dental Center in Everett and Seattle recommend taking a time-release tablet because it is more beneficial for your body.

Along with vitamin C, vitamin D is also highly recommended for optimal oral health. Ask your dentist today if you have any deficiency and should you be taking either of the vitamins together. 

  • If you suspect that you have gum inflammation, you should quickly introduce vitamins in your diet to reverse the condition. Talk to your dentist today about any questions or concerns you have about vitamin deficiency when you walk in for a routine dental exam and cleanings

Our dentists are well knowledgable about maintaining good oral health, gum diseases, and general nutrition needs for a perfect oral condition. If you haven’t been to the dentist recently, it is highly recommended that you get yourself checked because a number of underlying diseases could go undetected. 

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