What are antioxidants for your mouth?
If antioxidants are as amazing as they’re painted to be, then could antioxidants not just improve your body but also your mouth? A recent study has given an affirmative nod on this question.
Importance of Antioxidants
Systemic health is promoted and improved with the help of antioxidants. Our day-to-day lives expose us to various factors which lead to the oxidation or damage of cells. Some of the factors which could induce this oxidation include exposure to pollutants, harmful substances such as nicotine and alcohol, as well as compounds which are introduced to our systems by way of dental procedures such as hydrogen peroxide which is found in teeth whitening formulations. All of these factors lead to the oxidation of cells however antioxidants play a huge role in asserting balance by counteracting the negative effect of these elements.
Antioxidants and Teeth
In order for antioxidants to affect positive changes in cells in the systemic level, they have to be taken in. That is exactly the reason why people purchase food supplements and other types of vitamins and minerals which are thought to work against free radicals, and take these substances orally. However, it has been found out that in order for antioxidants to work for one’s oral health, then they must be applied topically.
This method is somehow similar to that of the action of topical antioxidants applied to skin in the same manner that lotion and gels are. While the study has concluded that oral health is benefitted from this method of delivering antioxidants, it has yet to be determined which combinations of antioxidants work best. However, studies have shown that the same types of antioxidants which are normally absorbed by skin are the same ones which are beneficial to oral and gingival health.
One of the most hard-hitting results of the study is the effect of antioxidants on reversing the damage done by nicotine exposure. The action of nicotine is to impair the migration of fibroblasts which aid in cellular growth and repair, hence the reason for why smoking has been the leading cause of oral cancer. On the other hand, antioxidants restore the normal migration of these cells whenever a wound forms in the oral cavity which serves to hasten the healing process and protect oral cells from undergoing cellular changes which could lead to malignancies.