Proper nutrition plays an important part in maintaining the condition of your teeth and gums.
You may have heard that calcium-rich foods like milk and cheese are good for your teeth and bones, but do you know which nutrients can benefit your gums? Maintaining your gums is an important step in enjoying a healthy smile in the long term — here’s what to eat to keep them in good shape…
Why should you consider gum health?
Unfortunately, gum disease is a common problem, and if left untreated, it can lead to a number of health issues, including receding gums and even tooth loss. The condition is caused by the bacteria found in plaque — these bacteria often lead to infection of the gums, which causes inflammation and discomfort.
The best way to take care of your gums is to make sure that you remove plaque from your teeth and gums on a regular basis. To do so, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily. It’s also a good idea to see your dentist for a check-up and clean every six months. Additionally, eating a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients can also help keep your gums in good condition.
Which nutrients are good for your gums?
There are a number of nutrients that can help to regulate and reduce gum inflammation and keep gum disease at bay. These include vitamin C, which can be found in all fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens, berries, and citrus fruits); and omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines, as well as in seeds and nuts like chia, flaxseed, and walnuts. Research suggests that vitamin B12 may also promote gum health — this nutrient can be found in animal products like milk, meat, and eggs, while some bread and cereals are fortified with the vitamin.
Which foods can damage your gums?
While many foods can help to keep your gums healthy, there are also some that could be causing you more harm than good. In fact, poor nutrition could exacerbate the symptoms of gum disease. A high sugar diet can contribute to the build-up of plaque and increases your risk of various dental issues. Try to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, such as carbonated soft drinks and candy. Also, enjoy refined carbohydrates like chips and crackers in moderation only.
While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional treat, eating a well-balanced diet will go a long way towards maintaining both your oral and general health. Try to include nutrients that are good for your teeth and gums in your diet, and if you have a question regarding nutrition and its impact on your smile, be sure to raise it with your dentist at your next appointment.
How can we help?
At Honeysuckle Dental, we love to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. We encourage all of our patients to come in and see us for regular check-ups and cleans so that we can identify the early signs of gum disease and other potential issues before they become serious. These appointments are also a great time to discuss any concerns or questions you might have regarding your oral health, and our team is happy to provide you with all the information you need.
We offer the complete spectrum of dental services and aim to create a balanced and natural smile for each of our patients. Our services include general, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. If you would like to find out more about the full range of treatments that we provide, please have a look here.
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