It is well known in medicine that the health of our whole body is reflected in our dental health. This is especially true of heart and brain health.
If your dental health is less than perfect, your heart health and brain health may also be less than perfect. If you have dental inflammation such as gingivitis, you may also have heart inflammation, brain inflammation and/or infections in other parts of your body. (This is why there is such a strong link between poor dental health and heart disease/dementia!)
There is a nutrient connection as well. Many nutrients are needed for heart and brain health, but the ones most reflected in dental health are Vitamin C and CoEnzyme Q-10.
Among the greatest deficiencies in the diet of people over 50 is Vitamin C. This is thought to be because of people choosing "convenience foods" over leafy green vegetables (not a favorite at any age!). Signs of Vitamin C deficiency include weakness, weariness, unhealthy gums, nosebleeds, bruising and slow healing.
Vitamin C induces a very important antioxidant in the heart and brain. It is called Glutathione and it is the "Mother of all Antioxidants." As we age, Vitamin C levels may remain fairly constant, but its ability to induce Glutathione gets weaker and weaker. This means we need more and more Vitamin C to protect our heart and brain. And there is another problem.
Our metabolism declines rapidly after age 50. As the metabolism slows down we need more Vitamin C because our ability to digest it is reduced. It is imperative that we eat leafy green vegetables and other sources of Vitamin C. Also, take a teaspoon of Vital C Crystal Powder in the morning and a Vital C Crystal Tablet at bedtime for optimum antioxidant protection.
The other serious nutrient deficiency that shows up in gum health is Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10). CoQ-10 is critical for gum health, brain health, heart health, lung health and reproductive system health. It is the key sign of life in every cell. When it is present in abundance, the cell – and the person! – is healthy. As it drains from your cells you begin to age. The faster the CoQ-10 levels drop, the faster you age. This is seen primarily in your gums. So, gum health (dental health) is the most obvious sign of how fast you are aging.
A key issue in brain health for those over 50 years of age is depression. It seems that the lower your brain antioxidants, the higher your risk of depression, and the more profound the depression may be. CoQ-10 takes its place as an antioxidant alongside Glutathione in brain, heart and dental health. But, whereas Glutathione can be induced by Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc and other antioxidants, CoQ-10 must be manufactured inside the cell or taken directly as a supplement.
Humans were designed to eat fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants. It is important to take antioxidants throughout the day as this is the pattern that best fits our metabolism. However, because of the potential for low-oxygen states during sleep, it is most important to take antioxidants at bedtime as we age. If our oxygen levels drop during sleep, our brain, heart and gums will show it. Take CoQ-10 at bedtime for the best antioxidant protection.
Other important nutrients
Your gums and teeth are living tissues. Everything needed for dental health is found in a diet containing robust servings of fruits and vegetables as well as other nutrient-dense foods. As we age, the need for supplementation can be seen in the decline of our dental health. Using supplements such as TriVita VitaCal-Mag D and TriVita Bone Growth Factor can help nourish the bones. Using anti-inflammatory supplements such as Nopalea can help the body reduce the inflammation common to gums, heart and brain.
Learn from the lesson taught by dental health. And remember, you can't see your heart or your brain, but you can see your teeth!
Take Control of Your Health:
- Don't smoke
- Avoid candy
- Treat the "root" of poor dental health:
- Take CoQ-10 daily – more is better!
- Take a maximum amount of TriVita Vital C Crystal Powder and Tablets daily
- Treat the whole body, not just the teeth:
- Seek professional help for poor dental health:
- Get frequent dental check-ups
- Follow your hygienist's advice on brushing/flossing