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raster;42633 wrote: I haven’t experimented with high doses of vitamin C but in my opinion you had a high dose. Another forum member mentioned how this caused her teeth to go bad so this is one thing I would be concerned about. -raster

I swear, Raster, there are times that I think you type just to watch your fingers move. Yes I know you stated that “some member” thought that vitamin C made her teeth go bad and that this is just your “opinion” but I wish to hell you’d remember that people are actually reading what you post, and believe it or not, a lot of members actually “assume” that you’re an expert on everything you write about.

If the member you spoke of was taking a pill form of vitamin C and not the chewable form, then the problem with her teeth came from another source. Research shows that the only damage vitamin C can cause to teeth is if chewable tablets are taken in mega-doses, and the mega-doses would have to be taken very close together for a continuous period of time for even a slight amount of damage to occur. No one in their right mind is going to chew ”mega” doses of vitamin C. By the way, 2000-4000 mg of vitamin C is not necessarily a high dose. In the medical field “mega-doses” of vitamin C are used for certain treatments and these doses are so high that they have to be given by injection only.

As a child, my mother always gave me vitamin C once a day and much more often during the winter months to combat the flu and colds, and since I’ve been on my own I’ve taken at the very least 3000 mg a day and as much as 10,000 mg a day more times that I can count to fight off colds, flu and even die-off. Today, my teeth are absolutely fine, and I’ve had very few cavities to be filled considering I’m in my mid-thirties.

“Dental decay is a disease that involves colonization by Streptococcus mutans which is a bacteria that produces lactic acid from the fermentation of carbohydrates; the acid dissolves the surface structure of teeth causing decay and other malformations. Decreased levels of vitamin C are associated with the growth of this cariogenic bacterium.”
This was taken from a publication in “Oral Health in America: a report of the Surgeon General.” Accessibility verified February 12, 2003.

If vitamin C causes any effect at all, it’s protection of the teeth, not damage.