Periodontal disease is a severe form of gingivitis or gum inflammation, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. With periodontal disease, gums separate from the teeth, leaving an open space that can lead to infection. This disease is the result of plaque and tartar forming on your teeth, so make sure you visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning and a checkup.
Vitamin E Properties
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help heal tissue and stop bleeding of the gums, according to the medical team at Whole Health MD, who advise opening a vitamin E capsule and using the oil to massage the gums twice a week. You can alternate using vitamin E, vitamin C powder and liquid folic acid on the gums.
Not every study connecting vitamin E and periodontal disease has shed positive results. An early 1991 study published in the “Clinical Preventive Dentistry” journal compares the use of a vitamin E gel, a chlorhexidine rinse and a placebo for treating periodontal disease. After two weeks, study participants using the placebo and the vitamin E gel saw no improvements in the amount of plaque or gum inflammation. Participants using the chlorhexidine rinse had a reduction in plaque.
Vitamin E and Gums
Vitamin E can help fight bacteria and boost the immune system, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. This, in turn, can help your body fight the bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. When plaque starts forming on the top of a tooth, it can lead to separation of the root and gum. This is where bacteria accumulates. Any nutrients that fight inflammation could help prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Sources of Vitamin E
Adults over age 19 need 15 milligrams of vitamin E daily. Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of the vitamin. You can also find vitamin E in vegetable oils such as safflower and sunflower oils. Although vitamin E deficiency is rare, people with periodontal or gum disease might benefit from a supplement. Talk to your dentist or your doctor to see if this is a good idea in your situation.
- Clinical Preventive Dentistry: Effect of Vitamin E Gel, Placebo Gel and Chlorhexidine on Periodontal Disease
- Life Extension Magazine: Gingivitis
- Pharmanex MD: Nutrition, Inflammation and Periodontal Disease
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
- Whole Health MD: The Right Supplements for Healthy Gums
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin E
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Periodontitis