Why Is Produce So Good for Boosting Gum Health?
Posted on 5/20/2021 by Dr. Joe Mirci
|Healthy eating patterns boost your gum health and prevent disease. On the other hand, poor eating habits will negatively impact your oral health, hence, overall health. For this reason, you should include the right foods in your diet regularly for healthy gums and teeth. These foods include plant products such as fruits and vegetables and dairy products.
Fruits and Vegetables
Carrots, celery, apples, and leafy greens are rich in vitamins and minerals beneficial for your gum's health. These include calcium, vitamins A, C, and D. Vitamin promotes salivary production while vitamin C boosts your immunity preventing gum inflammation. They are also rich in fiber and water. Fiber allows extra chewing and promotes salivary flow.
Saliva is a cleansing agent and will flush out bacteria and food debris from your gums and mouth, preventing their accumulation, which may cause gum disease. Also, as you chew these foods, the fiber will press against your gums, clean them, and prevent plaque accumulation. To include fruits and vegetables in your diet, you can either take them raw in salads or smoothies.
Dairy products beneficial to your teeth include yogurt, cheese, and milk. These products are rich in calcium and phosphorus. Calcium boosts your bone density while phosphate balances your mouth PH, inhibiting harmful mouth bacteria activity. Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria that minimize the activity of harmful mouth bacteria and prevent bad breath. Cheese demands extra chewing before swallowing, stimulating salivary flow that flushes plaque, bacteria, and food debris from your mouth.
Fortified milk is rich in vitamins and minerals, beneficial for your gum's health. While the above foods promote your gum's health, they are not substituting for good oral hygiene. To keep your mouth healthy, you should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. You should also schedule dental appointments with us for checkups and cleaning. Early detection of gum disease will allow treatment, preventing its advancement to severe periodontal disease. For more details on produce beneficial to your gum's health, contact our office today.