It is well known that citric acids can weaken tooth enamel and can also cause tooth erosion. A new study has revealed that eating grapefruit everyday may assist in reducing bleeding gums and can help greatly in promoting the healing of gum disease. If plaque in not properly removed from the teeth by brushing and flossing it can accumulate and harden underneath the gum line into tartar. Once the tartar had built up it is much more difficult to remove that plaque and usually requires a dental cleanup by a dentist. Overtime this can lead to inflamed gums or otherwise known as gingivitis which is a mild form of gum disease. One of the most common symptoms is darker red gums that bleed with brushing or flossing.
Researchers from a University in Germany had 58 volunteers with chronic gum disease eat two grapefruits per day and discovered that this had a tremendous and positive effect of gum disease and was also essential for smokers and non-smokers. The reason which they stated was that this was due to the increase of vitamin C which as we well know is great for promoting the healing of wounds as they contain over 90 mg of vitamin C.
This important link between vitamin C deficiency and gum disease is well known and dates back to the 18th century as sailors ate limes during long trips at sea to keep their gums from bleeding. A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people with a low intake of vitamin C had higher rates of periodontal disease. They found that people who consumed less that the recommended dietary allowance of 60 mg per day were 1.5 more at risk of developing severe gingivitis as people who consumed more that 180 mg. Vitamin C in now believed to help against gum disease because the vitamin C is an antioxidant and is much needed to repair the connective tissue and greatly accelerates ones bone regeneration.
The nutritional effects of grapefruits can be most had by drinking its juice by itself or in combination with other fruits, or eating them peeled as a snack or for breakfast.