Maintaining healthy teeth and gums involves proper brushing, flossing, and limiting your refined sugar intake. Nutritional deficiencies must also be avoided through a good amount of nutrient dense foods and supplements.
Dental and oral health is an essential part of your overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that won’t heal after a week or two
Bleeding or swollen gums after brushing or flossing
Chronic bad breath
Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or beverages
Pain or toothache
Pain with chewing or biting
Swelling of the face and cheek
Clicking of the jaw
Cracked or broken teeth
Frequent dry mouth
Please note: If any of these symptoms are accompanied by a high fever and facial or neck swelling, you should seek emergency medical treatment. Learn more about the warning signs of oral health issues.
There are many factors that contribute to gingivitis and periodontitis, including:
Poor brushing habits
Frequent snacking on sugary foods and drinks
Use of certain medications (that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth)
Family history, or genetics
Certain infections, such as HIV or AIDS
Hormonal changes in women
Acid reflux, or heartburn
Frequent vomiting (due to the acid)
Vitamin C: This vitamin is responsible for the production of the structural protein called collagen, which is an important part of your gums. Deficiency can result in inflamed gums. Vitamin C 250mg Multi-Ascorbate Complex (Non Acidic)
Omega 3: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) have powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, making them effective for addressing the periodontal disease. Life & Soul Omega 3 Fish Oil Liquid (150ml)
CoQ10: CoQ10 has powerful antioxidant, protective and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that taking CoQ10 may be helpful for those with gum disease, as well as reducing heart health complications. Coq10 (30mg)
Cavities are areas of the tooth that have been damaged and may even have some erosion. Cavities are fairly common. They occur when bacteria, food, and acid coat your teeth and form a plaque Over time, this leads to permanent damage.
Gum disease (gingivitis)
Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is inflammation of the gums. It’s usually the result of plaque building up on your teeth due to poor brushing and flossing habits.
As periodontitis progresses, the infection can spread to your jaw and bones. It can also cause an inflammatory response throughout the body.
Cracked or broken teeth
A tooth can crack or break from an injury to the mouth, chewing hard foods, or grinding the teeth at night. You should visit your dentist right away if you’ve cracked or broken a tooth.
If your teeth are sensitive, you might feel pain or discomfort after having cold or hot foods or beverages.
Tooth sensitivity is also referred to as “dentin hypersensitivity.” It sometimes occurs temporarily after having a root canal or a filling.
There are specific brands of toothpaste and mouthwash for people with sensitive teeth.
Shop for toothpaste and mouthwash made for people with sensitive teeth.
Researchers have discovered a connection between declining oral health and underlying conditions in other areas of the body. A healthy mouth can help maintain a healthy body. Oral bacteria and inflammation may be associated with:
This is because bacteria can spread from your oral cavity to your bloodstream, causing infective endocarditis. Infective endocarditis is a life-threatening infection of your heart valves.
Probiotics are mostly known for their role in digestive health. However, new research indicates that healthy bacteria may be beneficial for your teeth and gums also.
The mouth is included as part of the digestive system, therefore it is understandable that oral health is directly impacted by the health of the gut. Probiotics have been shown to prevent plaque and treat bad breath. They also help to prevent oral cancers and decrease inflammation from gum disease.
Take a probiotic supplement or eat foods high in beneficial bacteria, such as yoghurt, kefir, and kimchi. Other popular probiotic foods include sauerkraut, tempeh, and miso.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Floss at least once a day (one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent disease in your oral cavity)
Have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional every six months
Avoid tobacco products
Follow a high-fibre, low-fat, low-sugar diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables
Limit sugary snacks and drinks
Watch out for hidden sugars:
Condiments such as ketchup and barbecue sauce
Sliced fruit or applesauce in cans or jars that have added sugars
juice or juice blends
granola and cereal bars
During menopause, lower amounts of oestrogen can increase your oral health issues.
A note on diabetes:
Diabetes affects the body’s ability to fight off bacteria, so people with diabetes have a higher risk of having oral infections, gum disease, and periodontitis. They’re at an increased risk of an oral fungal infection called thrush.
Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.