Good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Studies show some 30% of the population is genetically susceptible to gum disease. You are at an increased risk if you are nutritionally deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals. For example, one study showed patients who consumed less than the recommended daily allowed (RDA) of 60 mg per day of Vitamin C were at nearly 1 ½ times the risk of developing severe gingivitis compared to those consuming 3 times the RDA (180mg). Research shows that young women who get less than 800 mg of calcium per day double their risk of periodontal disease.
Proper nutrition improves your overall immune system, making you less susceptible to periodontal disease. If you have periodontal disease, good nutrition can improve healing following treatment.
If you require implants, proper nutrition can increase the rate of success. Dr. Froum will provide nutritional counseling to help you prevent and successfully treat periodontal disease, and if you require tooth replacement, optimize your chances of implant success.
He will help you develop a personal nutrition program complete with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to promote a healthy mouth and body. For those interested, he will also discuss homeopathic alternatives. Periodontal disease affects your entire body. Systemic diseases related to your periodontal health include Diabetes, Breathing Problems, Heart Problems, Stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.