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New Study: Calcium and Vitamin C reduce risk of periodontal disease.

Monitoring your daily intake of calcium and vitamin C is a good way to manage dental health and keep periodontal (gum) disease in check, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology.

The dental health benchmark for calcium intake is 500 milligrams (mg) per day. The study found that people who consume about half the recommended daily allowance each day were almost twice as likely to have periodontal diseases, as noted by the extent of gums' detachment from teeth.

People in their 20s and 30s, the study continues, are particularly at risk. You should check with your dentist to assess your risk in this case.

The study also found dental health risk for people who consume less than 60 mg of vitamin C per day (the recommended amount, about as much as is in one orange). People who consume less than the 60 mg dental health threshold were one-and-a-half times more at risk of developing severe gingivitis as those who consumed three or more times the recommended daily amount. Gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease, causes gum around your tooth s to turn red, swell, and bleed easily.

Other tips to ensure your periodontal health and avoid tooth decay include brushing and flossing after consuming sticky foods or sweets. You can also improve dental health by drinking lots of water, which keeps the mouth moist (helping to fend off decay), washes away food, and neutralizes plaque.

If you have been postponing a trip to the dentist because of cost concerns, you may want to consider purchasing dental benefits. You may find savings through the use of dental insurance or a discount dental plan. A discount plan is not insurance. With a discount plan you gain access to a network of dentists who have agreed to give plan participants a reduced fee for their services. It's a good idea to look at the type of dental procedures you think you will need and see if the plan can provide you with savings.


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