Natural Supplements That Can Help with Gum Disease

Jul 02, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats

Natural supplements can’t be used to definitively prevent or cure gum disease, but they can be used as an adjunct to gum disease treatment, so long as you talk to your dentist about them as part of your treatment.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract seems to be a really powerful compound for preventing the growth of all types of oral bacteria. Grape seed extracts have powerful antibacterial and remineralization properties that are so important they make raisins good for your teeth and gums despite the sticky sugar that should feed bacteria and lead to tooth decay. Think how much better grape seed extract may be for your teeth without these competing effects.

CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is a very popular supplement that is often recommended for heart health as well as many other chronic health concerns. It helps promote your body’s ability to heal, and for a while was even recommended as a direct application during periodontal therapy, but overall research doesn’t fully support its efficacy. Nonetheless, as a nutrient supplement, it likely promotes adhesion of your gums to your teeth, which can help you recover from gum disease.

Echinacea

We all know echinacea as your friendly neighborhood cold-fighting herb, but its general ability to promote the immune system can help you recover from gum disease as well. It has shown such promise that it’s an ingredient in an herbal periodontal patch that is undergoing clinical trials.

Folic Acid

Folic acid plays many roles in your body and in your gums. Turns out that folic acid and vitamin C key nutrients that people with gum disease are lacking, so helping ensure you keep your levels high may help prevent gum disease and promote healing.

Green Tea and Green Tea Extract

We’ve already seen that tea is good for oral health, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that green tea extract can also provide protection from gum disease. Because the active compounds have been shown to be effective at brewed concentrations, though, this is a case where you might want to skip the supplement and just brew yourself a cup.

Some Supplements to Be Aware of and a General Caution

You also need to be aware that some supplements can be damaging to your gums. Feverfew and gingko, for example, have been associated with gum swelling and bleeding. And supplements can interact with medications you are taken, too, so it’s important to let your dentist know what you’re taking.

Are you looking for a dentist in Grapevine who can help with gum disease treatment? Please call 817-481-6888 today for an appointment at Grapevine Dental Care today.



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