Magnesium sulfate and gum disease

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Magnesium sulfate and gum disease
Magnesium sulphate may help fight gum disease. (Teeth and Mouth image by Sujit Mahapatra from Fotolia.com)

Gum disease causes swelling and bleeding in the gums. It may also eventually lead to receding gums and loss of teeth. Magnesium sulphate is one of the nutrients that may help in the fight against periodontitis.

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Benefits

A Journal of Dental Research study of over 4,000 participants recorded fewer problems with teeth in those with gum disease who were taking magnesium.

Nutrition

Supplementing your diet with minerals can help prevent bone loss around gums that occurs with gum disease. Magnesium is one of the important minerals that protect bones.

Supplements

There are a number of ways to take magnesium sulphate to help your body fight gum disease. It is available as a supplement in pill, as an enema, and in intravenous form.

Considerations

As with any supplement, allergic reaction is possible with magnesium sulphate. It is also not recommended for pregnant women. Consult your health care provider before taking magnesium sulphate.

Interesting Fact

Magnesium sulphate is the main ingredient in Epsom salts, which is used in bath water to ease muscle aches or ingested as a laxative.

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