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Jun
24

Diet and Your Gum Health

Posted in Gum Disease

Your gums play a vital role in protecting your teeth. They’re also closely connected to the rest of your body. That’s why the food that passes your gums has the ability to affect them just as it does other body systems.

Vitamin C for Healing

Vitamin C boosts your overall immune system and helps you to fight off infection. A strengthened immune system will power your gums to resist the inflammation that starts with gingivitis. It also speeds up your gums’ healing ability.

Chewing Gum for Cleaning

Gum chewing between meals stimulates saliva flow. Lots of saliva rinses away harmful bacteria in dental plaque. Make sure that the gum you choose is sugar-free. Xylitol is an excellent sugar substitute in chewing gum because it helps to control the number of cavity-causing bacteria.

Avoid Foods That Get Stuck

If you have periodontal pocketing around one or more teeth or gum recession, then you may be prone to getting certain foods stuck between teeth and under the gum line. Some small food pieces can get impacted in hard-to-reach areas and cause irritation. Try to avoid things like:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Seeds
  • Stringy meats

Healthy Body, Healthy Gums

Eat to promote your overall health and your gums will benefit, as well. A diet rich in nutrients, fresh items, whole grains, and low in salt and refined carbohydrates is the key to staying well and fighting disease.

Visit your dentist for an assessment of your current gum health. You will also get recommendations for diet and oral hygiene changes that can boost your gums’ ability to resist disease. With wise food choices, you can help your gums stay healthy for a lifetime!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

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