In addition to daily brushing and flossing, here are a few ways you can eat your way to stronger gums.
The longer you have to process chewy celery, the more cleansing saliva you’ll generate to keep your gums nourished. Celery’s water content makes it a healthy and refreshing snack. Hate celery? Apples have similar benefits, so opt for that alternative if you prefer.
Dark Leafy Greens
Greens like kale are rich in calcium and folic acid, which, it’s suggested, can treat gum disease in pregnant women. Boost your gum-fortifying levels of folic acid by tossing some spinach in a salad or smoothie.
Ginger root is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy fresh ginger in juices and smoothies or steeped in a tea to help reduce gum inflammation.
Onions in your salad or sandwich may not give pleasant breath, but they do inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause gum infections.
Dairy is an excellent source of the calcium your bones and teeth need and the protein your gums need. A sharp cheese is also good for triggering that mouth-watering sensation that keeps teeth and gums clean. It also neutralizes acidic pH levels, to limit decay.
Load up your day with the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea. Keep it sugar-free, however, for the sake of your teeth.
Did you know that red peppers have more vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C is essential to maintaining a strong immune system to ward off foreign invaders. Getting lots of this vitamin in foods like red peppers will keep your gums healthy.
Remember that regular dental checkups are another key part of maintaining healthy gums. Call your dentist to schedule.
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