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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It is no secret that “you are what you eat.” If you want to have a healthy body, you have to take care of your body. One way to live healthier is to make healthier food choices. More specifically, what are some healthier food choices to have healthier gums?
1) Green Tea- If you drink a daily cup of green tea, you can reduce the risk of developing gum disease. Green tea has anti-oxidants that help to reduce inflammation which promotes healthy gums.
2) Whole Grains- Whole grains are digested more slowly which avoids spikes in blood sugar. This also lowers the body’s production of inflammatory proteins and as a result, lowers the risk of heart disease and gum disease.
3) Raisins- Raisins contain anti-oxidants that fight the growth of a type of bacteria that causes inflammation and gum disease.
4) Leafy Greens- The vegetables found in salads are beneficial for keeping your mouth clean because they are full of fiber, which require a lot of chewing to break the food down. The extra chewing produces more saliva to help neutralize the bacteria in your mouth, which promotes healthier teeth and gums. In addition, the vitamins and anti-oxidants in the vegetables promote good overall health.
5) Strawberries and Kiwis- You need Vitamin C to promote good overall health and gum health is no different. Strawberries and Kiwis contain high concentrations of vitamin C which help to fight gum disease.
Consider the above healthy food choices, if you want to promote healthier gums. This was not an inclusive food list. Rather, it will hopefully give you some suggestions to get started choosing snacks that can encourage healthier gums.
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Alan Horlick DDS
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Acworth, GA 30102
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