Gum health is just as important to your smile as healthy teeth. In fact, gums are the foundation of good oral health! Aside from the obvious ways to improve your gums (brushing, flossing and routine checkups with a dentist), there’s one more thing you can do that might surprise you: add certain foods to your diet. In this blog, you’ll learn about 6 of the best foods you can eat to reduce the inflammation in your gums. You’ll also be glad to know that they’ll contribute to your overall health as well. Talk about a win-win situation!
All teas are healthy, but green tea is especially great for gum health because it has beneficial compounds that significantly reduce inflammation. Drink it hot or cold for happier gums!
Greens are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, all of which reduce the inflammation that causes bleeding, swollen and tender gums.
There are countless ways to incorporate greens into your diet. You can choose from spinach, arugula, kale, romaine, or chard. Why not add them soups, sauté them with eggs, or make a salad with something other than iceberg!
It’s easy to add citrus fruits to your diet. You can snack on an orange, add lemon to your water, or throw some strawberries on top of your morning cereal.
These fruits have a lot of vitamin C, which naturally boosts your immune system and also helps fight the bacteria in your mouth. As if that weren’t enough, it also reduces gum inflammation.
Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese not only have calcium that strengthens your teeth and bones, they also contain something called “casein.”
This protein reduces the acids that are naturally produced in your mouth after meals that can harm your teeth and gums.
High Fiber Produce
Fiber benefits more than just your digestive system! Fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots and celery, are great for your teeth and gums because they stimulate salivary flow.
Saliva is beneficial for multiple reasons. It washes away plaque, bacteria and food debris, and also neutralizes the acids that cause gum inflammation (and cavities).
There are certain types of harmful bacteria that are responsible for gum disease. Foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi all contain good bacteria that counteracts the bad bacteria and reduces inflammation.
The great thing about this approach to gum health is that you don’t have to cut anything out of your diet. Simply add these 6 foods whenever possible – and your smile will thank you!
About the Author
As a dentist with decades’ of experience, Dr. Frank King knows that great gum health is the result of having regular dental care, good hygiene habits and a healthy diet. In addition to providing outstanding dental care, he always educates his patients about how their lifestyle choices can contribute to a healthier smile. If you’d like to know more, he can be reached via his website or at (847) 854-7645.