Dr. Jennifer Vitarelli

How Vitamin E Helps In Beating Periodontal Diseases (Gum Disease)

Periodontal disease (gum disease) can significantly affect the tissue that surrounds your teeth such as gingiva, the ligaments that hold your teeth strongly in place, the bones that surround and stabilize your teeth at their root, or your gums. 

Periodontal diseases typically develop due to poor oral hygiene or exposure to toxins or through a side effect of another disorder in your body. Vitamin E, which is one of the essential nutrients of any diet, is beneficial in controlling the development and preventing periodontal diseases.

How Does Vitamin E Impact Inflammation?

  • Vitamin E naturally prevents inflammation which is one of the primary causes of periodontal diseases. Because chronic inflammation plays a crucial part in causing gum disease, exposure to anything that increases inflammation increases the risk of having such a disease.

Moreover, if you keep on ignoring the problem, it can also lead to gingival inflammation which can promote the recession of gum tissue and can produce ulcers in your mouth. And inflammation on the bone or ligaments of the teeth can lead to tooth loss or loosening. 

  • Taking sufficient vitamin E will help you reduce levels of inflammation in your body and mouth which will help control chronic inflammation related to periodontal diseases.

Vitamin E and Antioxidants

  • Vitamin E is also an antioxidant which means it can help in preventing the harmful activities of free radicals in your mouth. These free radicals can easily oxidize and damage the tissue in your mouth. 

With antioxidants in your mouth, it can lead to gum tissue damage which can result in gum disease. Consuming vitamin E can help reduce the levels of antioxidants and can prevent gum disease in some individuals.

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

  • A family member who is diabetic is at a higher risk of developing gum disease especially if they do not control diabetes disrupts in their body. This increases the risk of having abnormal inflammation in the body which can promote gum diseases. 

Vitamin E is an effective aid in helping diabetic patients in controlling their blood glucose levels. The vitamin also helps decrease the side effects of the condition. 

How Much is Too Much?

  • Just like any other essential vitamin, Vitamin E should be taken in moderation. While the vitamin is very helpful in preventing gum diseases or the management of periodontal disease, it is still something that is not fully understood and needs more research.

This is to say that Vitamin E is not a cure for periodontal disease. If you have gum disease, it is a good idea to visit your dentist today. At Vitarelli Dental, Saddle River, we look at your mouth health and suggest whatever is needed to ensure optimal oral health.

Walk-in today at one of our dentist offices for periodontal therapy and learn more about how vitamin deficiencies can create problems for your oral health and learn how to prevent most oral diseases by making healthy changes in your diet. 

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