Vitamin C Connections to Dentistry

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a very important nutrient. Its therapeutic use became popularized in the 1970s, thanks to research performed by Dr. Linus Pauling. He is well known for endorsing that the common cold could be controlled by an adequate intake of Vitamin C.

He deserves an enormous amount of credit for educating the world on the many benefits of Vitamin C and its ability in destroying cancer cells. Although he was ridiculed by the medical establishment on both of these issues, many years later his views are much more highly regarded as being accurate.

Although not firmly established by clinical trials, Vitamin C, a antioxidant, has gained strong support within the health care community in assisting the body to achiever the following: reduce the risks of cancer, strokes and hypertension; reduce the histamine levels in the body, which trigger allergy and asthma attacks; assist the body in the production of collagen, a basic component of connective tissue; aid in teeth and bone formation and to keep your gums healthy.

Vitamin C also supports the immune system, aids in wound healing and is an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage to the body. This statement is what intrigued me to learn more about the positive affects of Vitamin C and its use in biological dentistry.

Dental procedures, as we all know, can create trauma, pain and even post operative infection following surgical procedures. What I wasn’t aware of, until a few years ago, is the natural healing effects Vitamin C has to offer for my patients.

Have you ever felt weak, fatigued or even sick after a visit to your dentist? Anytime there is bleeding during a dental procedure, whether it’s simply a cleaning, periodontal surgery, tooth extraction, or even a small filling placed in a tooth, bacteria can be introduced into your system. This bacterea originates in the oral cavity and can spread throughout the entire body. The strength of your immune system determines if you become ill or not during the next few days.

Protecting yourself before hand with a prophylactic nutrient like Vitamin C certainly makes sense. During the last year, we’ve developed a basic protocol designed to protect every one of our patients who receive dental treatments in our office.

1 – 2 grams of Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C is administered orally before our dental procedures begin. This form of Vitamin C provides an excellent rate of absorption, boosters the immune system, and simply makes you feel better.

Over the last two years, I’ve continued to promote a holistic concept of the tooth and body connection. This connection reveals the importance of Vitamin C therapy in dentistry.

We must learn how to protect the body by stimulating the immune system whenever possible. Vitamin C’s track record has been very impressive in the past and I believe it will continue to surprise people with its healing properties in the future.

About Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN is one of the few Biological (Holistic) Dentists in St. Louis, MO and the U.S. that are Certified Clinical Nutritionists (CCN). He practices Biological Dentistry that includes mercury free, tooth colored fillings; healthy dental materials; balancing body chemistry; and nutritional therapy. For articles and information about Biological Dentistry (also referred to as Holistic Dentistry) and patient success stories visit www.toothbody.com or call his office 314-997-2550.

Attend a free monthly presentation and discussion by Dr. Rehme on Biological Dentistry the third Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm and his dentistry office in St. Louis. Please call to verify the date.

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