Viridian Oral Care Complex
What is Viridian's Oral Care Complex
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums (gingivae), usually caused by bacteria. Periodontitis is a deeper and more serious inflammation of both the gingivae and tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.
Both common conditions are often progressive and can eventually result in loss of the underlying bone that supports the teeth. After age 30, periodontal disease is responsible for more tooth loss than are dental cavities. Severe periodontitis sometimes requires surgery to repair damaged gum tissue.
Gingivitis is usually painless, although the gums may be red, swollen, and bleed easily with brushing. There can also be a bad taste in the mouth or persistent bad breath. In advanced stages of gingivitis, the gums recede, exposing the nerve roots, and the teeth may become loose. This may be an indication of periodontitis.
Oral Care Complex, from Viridian Nutrition, is specifically formulated to support the underlying health of the mouth and gums. It is a combination of Pycnogenol, Co-enzyme Q10 and Ester-C in a base of green tea.
Pycnogenol® and oral health.
A natural plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne. This unspoiled and natural forest environment is the unique source of Pycnogenol. Pycnogenol represents a natural combination of genetically programmed constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids. The extract has four basic properties – it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and finally, it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps to vasodilate blood vessels.More than 190 scientific articles and clinical trials have confirmed Pycnogenol’s safety, absence of toxicity and clinical efficacy over the past 35 years.
Specific data relating to oral healthcare include:
Pycnogenol dose-dependently speeds-up the wound healing process and reduces scar formation.
Pycnogenol shows antimicrobial activity in vitro.
A Pycnogenol-containing chewing gum tested in a clinical trial reduced bleeding of the gum and plaque formation on the teeth.
Coenzyme Q10 and Oral health
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a compound found naturally in the energy-producing centre of the cell known as the mitochondria. CoQ10 is involved in the making of an important molecule known as ATP. ATP serves as the cell's major energy source and drives a number of biological processes including muscle contraction and the production of protein. CoQ10 also works as an antioxidant. Gum disease is a widespread problem that is associated with swelling, bleeding, pain, and redness of the gums. Preliminary evidence has linked gingivitis to a CoQ10 deficiency. Some researchers believe this deficiency could interfere with the body’s ability to repair damaged gum tissue. In a double-blind trial, 50 mg per day of CoQ10 given for three weeks was significantly more effective than a placebo at reducing symptoms of gingivitis.
Ester-C for Oral health
People who are deficient in vitamin C may be at increased risk for periodontal disease. When a group of people with periodontitis who normally consumed only 20–35mg of vitamin C per day were given an additional 70mg per day, objective improvement of periodontal tissue occurred in only six weeks. It makes sense for people who have a low or inconsistent vitamin C intake (for example, people who eat little fruit and veg) to supplement with vitamin C in order to improve gingival health.In one study, administration of vitamin C plus flavonoids improved gingival health in a group of people with gingivitis; there was less improvement, however, when vitamin C was given without flavonoids.
Preliminary evidence has suggested that flavonoids by themselves (such as those found in Pycnogenol – see above) may reduce inflammation of the gums.
Green tea for Oral health
Archeological evidence suggests that people consumed tea leaves steeped in boiling water as many as 500,000 years ago. Botanical evidence indicates that India and China were among the first countries to cultivate tea. Today, hundreds of millions of people drink tea around the world, and studies are now suggesting that green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits. Green tea has been consumed throughout the ages in India, China, Japan, and Thailand. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, diuretic (to promote the excretion of urine), astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health. Other traditional uses of green tea include treating flatulence (gas), regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.
The healthful properties of green tea are largely attributed to polyphenols, chemicals with potent antioxidant properties. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols appear to be greater than vitamin C. Polyphenols contained in teas are classified as catechins. Green tea contains six primary catechin compounds: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and epigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). Green tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. These alkaloids provide green tea's stimulant effects. Findings suggest that green tea catechins may have the potential to reduce periodontal breakdown resulting from the potent proteinase activity of P. gingivalis. The pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) is found in the oral cavity, where it is implicated in certain forms of periodontal disease as well as the upper gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and in the colon.
Further study indicates that continuous application of tea polyphenols on a daily basis can be considered as a useful and practical method for the prevention of periodontal diseases.
Dosage: Two capsules daily
This supplement is specially formulated to aid in the maintenance of a healthy mouth and gums, supporting the structures that maintain overall oral care. Vitamin C plays an essential role in numerous areas of human health. Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones, cartilage, skin, gums and teeth. Vitamin C also enhances iron absorption and the normal energy-yielding metabolism. Vitamin C aids in the maintenance of the immune system including during and after intense physical exercise. Vitamin C contributes to normal psychological function, the functioning of the nervous system and contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. This 'oxidative stress' appears to be a major factor in many human diseases.