From the Desk of Carolyn Dean MD ND

Dentist Dr. Debbie Ozment recently asked me to come on her podcast to discuss my recommendations for good dental health. The next day, I came across an article on GrassRootsHealth.org (GRH) titled “Periodontal Disease Can Indicate a Higher Risk of 75 Other Diseases.” GRH says one of the best approaches to avoid these conditions is to increase your vitamin D intake because low vitamin D is a strong risk factor for periodontal disease and chronic disease.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

Dentists often discuss the mouth-body connection, saying that if you have periodontitis, you could have infection and inflammation in other parts of your body. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that can lead to tooth loss; earlier and milder symptoms include swollen, red, and tender gums that bleed when you floss. Besides low vitamin D levels, GRH identifies smoking, obesity, an ultra-processed diet, and low levels of physical activity as risk factors. All these factors lead to inflammation that harbors bacteria in the mouth.

The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D status is a strong risk factor for periodontal disease and multiple morbidity outcomes. However, the risk of gingivitis and chronic periodontitis decreased with sufficient intake of vitamin D because of its widespread effects such as:

Immunomodulation
Anti-inflammation
Antiproliferative effects
Cell apoptosis
Bone metabolism
Alveolar bone resorption
Prevention of tooth loss
Increased antibacterial defenses of gingival epithelial cells
Decreased gingival inflammation

In addition, vitamin D improves postoperative wound healing after periodontal surgery and is a vital supplement used as prophylaxis in periodontology.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids + Magnesium

Another important nutrient for preventing periodontitis is omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory effects. At the end of a 3-month study, omega-3 supplementation significantly affected periodontal wound healing.

A third nutrient, magnesium, is linked to an increased risk of periodontitis. This important mineral plays several roles in regulating inflammatory and immune responses, and a lack of magnesium has been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and dozens more.

A diet study on over 3,000 people found a 31% significantly decreased risk of periodontitis among those in the highest magnesium intake group compared to the lowest. The study authors concluded that “dietary magnesium deficiency increases the prevalence of periodontitis.”

60-80% of the US population is estimated to be deficient in magnesium. At the same time, each person needs magnesium to support 80% of their metabolic functions.

Besides taking ReMag®, Omega-3 Algae A+E®, D3K2®, Whole C ReSet® is important for collagen production to keep your gums strong and prevent bleeding. I would also recommend Pico Silver® orally and as a mouthwash. You can also put a teaspoon of Pico Silver® in 3 ounces of water, rinse, and spit out the first rinse, but then rinse and swallow the rest.

To find out if you are low in vitamin D, Omega-3s, or magnesium, you can do an in-home blood spot test, which you can find at www.RnAReSet.com under the link “Testing.” To detect if you are at risk for periodontal disease, all you have to do is watch for bleeding gums when you floss your teeth!

Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future