Health - Wellness
How Does Collagen Impact Your Teeth?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body that makes up the structure of cells and tissues, and is vital in keeping tissues healthy, including the gums. Collagen is an excellent tissue regenerator that helps gums heal from periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other conditions, and supports the growth of new teeth.
Board-certified holistic dentist Staci Whitman, DMD, told Mindbodygreen that "periodontal tissues are composed primarily of collagen, with 60% collagen making up gingival tissues, 70 to 80% making up periodontal ligaments, and 90% of the alveolar bone in the jaws." In addition to your teeth, proper levels of collagen are great for your skin and hair.
Collagen can even help protect your organs and produce new blood vessels. Since collagen production in the body slows down due to age, eating certain foods and taking certain supplements can help increase collagen levels in the body, leading to better health and younger-looking skin, but always consult a doctor first.