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Best Vitamins & Minerals for Healthy Gums

February 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 11:40 pm

Foods containing vitamin DDid you know that cavities aren’t the only threat to your dental health? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of adults have a form of gum disease. Not only is the infection a leading cause of tooth loss, but it can also affect your overall wellness. Advanced gum disease can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions. Flossing can help keep your gums healthy, but your diet is equally important. Here are a few key vitamins and minerals to add to your diet to support a healthy mouth and body.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, but it also promotes collagen production. Deficiency of the structural protein can cause bleeding, inflamed, and painful gums, which are symptoms of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.

According to a 2021 review of 6 studies, vitamin C supplements reduced bleeding gums in patients with gingivitis, including those with diabetes. It’s important to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. A supplement can help if you aren’t receiving enough through your diet.

Vitamin D

Your body relies on vitamin D for immune support and the functions of musculoskeletal systems. It also increases the antibacterial effects of your body’s defense system to reduce inflamed gums. Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is a widespread issue. 

16 studies have concluded that people with gum disease have much lower levels of vitamin D when compared to people without the infection. Upping your vitamin D intake can help reduce your risk of periodontal disease. 


Your body produces the hormone melatonin, but it can also be purchased as a supplement. It regulates your sleep-wake cycle, while also promoting your immune system, blood pressure, and much more. Your saliva also contains melatonin. Low levels of salivary melatonin are associated with severe periodontal disease. Taking melatonin can increase your body’s defense system to keep your gums healthy.

Commit to Healthy Gums

Besides eating nutritious foods, good oral hygiene is equally important. Commit to brushing your teeth at least twice daily, if not after every meal. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for 2 minutes to remove plaque and food residue. Although your toothbrush is effective, it can’t reach everywhere in your mouth, leaving up to 40% of your teeth surfaces uncleaned. Flossing is the only way to remove buildup missed by brushing. Floss your teeth daily to promote healthy gums.

Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will monitor your gum health to keep your smile and body healthy.

About Dr. Khalida Stutman

Dr. Stutman earned his dental degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Dentistry and has continued her training in many specialties, including orthodontics, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry. She is a proud member of both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (516) 366-3345.

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