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Your mouth reflects what is happening in your body’s immune system. Unhealthy bleeding gums are the first sign of a vitamin and mineral deficiency.

Approximately, 50 percent of all people have some form of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), which is often a precursor to periodontal disease. Recent studies have shown that there is a direct link between periodontal disease and such serious conditions as heart disease,  diabetes.

Lack of magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, vitamin E or vitamin C can allow rapid destruction of tissue cell membranes, which harms the structural health of the gums.  This leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease ( with bleeding gums).In addition, deficiencies in vitamin C, iron and zinc could lower the resistance of our gum tissue to the bacteria in dental plaque.

Bleeding gums attract bacteria which create unpleasant mouth odors (bad breath). This can be helped by proper oral hygiene, adequate diet and nutritional supplementation, and the use of some herbal remedies and professional cleaning on a regular schedule.

It is very important to not only create an attractive smile, but to also make certain that smile is built upon a strong and healthy foundation. The key to achieving this healthy smile is proper oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and taking nutritional supplements geared towards optimum oral health. With all the advances in dental office care and home care, 90 percent of the population is still developing some gum disease. Nutrient deficiency can become a major factor in this by inhibiting the mouth’s ability to resist infection, eventually contributing to tooth loss.

In other words – your diet does affect your dental health. Remember…disease will occur less frequently in a well-nourished body.

In addition to periodontal disease, dietary deficiencies have been associated with such oral health conditions as; osteoporosis of the surrounding bone, loss of taste, bad breath, and mouth and tongue sores.

Our suggestion is to eat a well-balanced diet and to take the necessary nutritional supplements; otherwise your teeth and gums may be at risk.

However, even when people eat well, food processing, pollution, stress, alcohol, smoking and various medications and medical conditions can interfere with the absorption of needed nutrients, or can speed up their depletion. Some of the drugs that prevent a person from receiving the benefits of a well-balanced diet include: aspirin, cold remedies, allergy pills, corticosteroids, laxatives, antacids, barbiturates, diuretics, caffeine and even birth control pills. Illness, injury, physical and mental stress can also place a strain on the body, and can act to deplete its nutritional stores.

In addition to regular brushing, flossing and routine dental check-ups, nutritional supplements can help to keep your mouth and body strong and healthy.

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