Everyone knows that eating a healthy, balanced diet leads to better health outcomes. But, apart from connecting sugar intake with cavities, surprisingly few people really connect their dental and gum health with their diet.
If you want to be able to protect your gums from gum disease, then you need to consider your diet as part of the artillery against periodontal disease, gingivitis and other gum diseases.
The main foods to immediately cut down on if you are concerned about your gum health are sugary and starchy foods. The reason for this is that these foods are more likely to help bacteria to breed on your teeth and gums. These bacteria are responsible for plaque and tartar growing, which in turn leads to gum disease. Plaque build up leads to tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone, it requires the professional cleaning that a dentist provides.
There are certain foods that can help to protect your teeth and gums and fight off the growth of plaque. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which can prevent the growth of bacteria. Foods that are high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, kiwi, mango, red pepper, broccoli and everyone’s favourite – Brussels sprouts.
Cranberry juice is another antioxidant that can be very beneficial when it comes to gum disease. It is important that you choose cranberry juice that has no added sugar though if you want to reap the full benefit.
Vitamin D is another important nutrient when it comes to gum disease. The reason for this is that it has anti-inflammatory properties to help with the swelling of the gums that often accompanies gum disease. Food that contain vitamin D include eggs and milk and you also get some vitamin D from the sun.
Tea tree oil is a topical agent that is also useful when trying to look after your gum health. More and more dentists are now recommending this natural agent in the form of topical gels or mouthwash to combat the bacteria that leads to gum disease.
By taking control of your diet, you can really improve your gum health and either prevent the condition altogether or overcome the condition more quickly.