What are the specific vitamins needed for your gums?
Your gums are part of your body and they need the same vitamins that your whole body needs to remain healthy. Certain vitamins like vitamin D and K and C, and a vitamin helper called Coenzyme Q10 are essential for the health of all body tissues and organs, including your gums. However, all vitamins play a role in supporting and maintaining healthy gums, and they always perform their necessary functions best when they are present together in their natural form as found in unprocessed foods. They work just as well when they are concentrated in easy to take supplements made from these foods.
How do I know when my gums are healthy?
In a healthy mouth, your gums are firmly attached to your teeth by what is called the periodontal, ligament. Periodontal means around the tooth. The attachment is strong and tight enough to prevent any germs or their toxins from getting through, and any body fluids from getting out. You can usually recognize when you have a healthy gum attachment because your gums will be pink, firm, and never bleed or hurt with routine brushing, flossing, or when chewing food.
How will vitamins help my gums if they are already healthy?
Most people think of health as being the equivalent of absence of symptoms, or no obvious disease. This is the traditional perception of health.
Here is a little story to demonstrate how true health is not the same as apparent health. Have you ever heard of someone who went to the doctor for a physical examination, was given a clean bill of health by the doctor, and then this person died from a heart attack on the way home? That has actually happened. Why? Because many disease symptoms do not become clinically noticeable, or may not even be able to be detected by a doctor until the disease has advanced to a serious state.
Where do you think you are health wise? In our modern civilized culture, many people are much closer to illness, than they are to a reasonable state of health. A good example is a person who is told by their physician that they are pre-diabetic. Like the person in the little story above, you may actually be quite sick, and not be aware of it. This means that even if you don’t have any symptoms of disease and you think that you are healthy, you may not really be very well. The same applies to your gums. You may have gum disease and not know it.
Can you now understand why outwardly healthy gums may not be so healthy? How would you or your dentist know if your gums are really healthy or on the verge of becoming sick with gum disease? Isn’t it better to minimize or avoid that possibility by improving your current level of fitness, and consequently, the health of your gums? If you agree, then keep reading and look at the unique advantages of doing this.
The closer you can get to a state of excellent health, the healthier your gums will be and the lower will be your risk of ever having gum disease. Getting nearer to absolute health, with all its remarkable benefits is challenging in our toxic overloaded world. One way to start accomplishing this is to include vitamins from all natural, organic and whole food supplements in your diet.
Dr. Gilbert will be happy to advise you which vitamin rich supplements he believes will work best for your particular dental problem. All you have to do is arrange for a free consultation by completing the simple form on the Nutritional Consultation page.
What do you do if you are not sure if you have gum disease?
If you are not sure about the state of health of your gums, make an appointment with your dentist and have your teeth and gums checked. Your dentist or your dentist’s hygienist are the only people who are professionally trained to thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums, and professionally clean your teeth. Only a dentist can recommend appropriate treatment for your gums. Gum disease, or pyorrhea, as it was called in the past, is discussed extensively on the Stages of Gum Disease page on this website.
If your dentist is holistic, and you are told you need gum treatments for gum disease, you are more likely to receive dental care that focuses on eliminating the germs associated with gum infection by using all natural antimicrobial solutions to flush away the plaque and germs under your gums, instead of concentrating on dental visits where your teeth are typically scraped and cleaned. More importantly, a holistic/biological dentist will likely treat you without using antibiotics or resorting to gum surgery.
If you don’t have a biological or holistic dentist and you would like to find one, go to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and click on the “Find a Dentist” link on the home page. You can also look for a biological or holistic dentist on the home page of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), or you can contact Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions (DAMS) for a referral.
How will vitamins help my gums if I already know I have gum disease?
The traditional explanation by dentists for gum disease is that your gums are infected. This really means that your immune system isn’t getting the nutritional support it needs to defend against invading germs, including the germs connected with gum disease. For example, when gum disease is present, your gums are usually deficient in a special kind of enzyme helper called coenzyme Q10. A whole page on this website that is devoted exclusively to discussing coenzyme Q10. In addition, necessary vitamins, such as vitamin K, enzymes, minerals, essential gut bacteria called probiotics, and a vast array of indispensible micro nutrients, are frequently not present in your body in sufficient concentrations to support healthy gum tissue, and promote strong, healthy bone under your gums.
While it is extremely important to see a dentist for appropriate treatment to control any infection in your gums, only you have the power to create the state of enhanced health that will heal your gums and make them firm and pink again.
Do you want truly healthy firm, pink gums, and strong bone around your teeth? Then you must provide your whole body, which naturally includes your gums and jaw bones, with all the vitamins and nutrients needed to create a vibrant immune system and a state of optimal health. This is particularly true because we all live in a toxic world loaded with chemicals which we are constantly exposed to and we cannot avoid. You must completely compensate for all your nutritional deficiencies, whether you are aware of them or not. Otherwise, your gum disease will be difficult to eliminate and your gums will never be completely healthy.
So what nutritional action can you take if you already have gum disease and you want to create healthy gums?
- Ideally, you can make your immune system, your teeth and gums, and your whole body strong and healthy just by taking these simple daily wellness supporting actions:
- Follow a healthy life style by consuming the right kinds of foods and drinks, including fruits and vegetables and other foods that are organic, whole grain, unprocessed or raw, and contain no added sugars, chemicals or synthetic ingredients of any kind.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid as many environmental toxins as possible.
This will create an internal, slightly alkaline, health promoting condition in your body and make your immune system very strong.
Are you sufficiently motivated to consistently apply the essential conditions for health just described? If not, the quickest way to heal your gums and make them as healthy as possible is to fully compensate for whatever elements of a healthy lifestyle are missing from your daily activities by simply adding vitamin rich organic and all natural whole food supplements to your diet.