We have presented the causes of gum disease and six ways to have healthy gums in recent blogs. Although our preventive article mentioned brushing, flossing, rinsing, dental visits, and quitting smoking, we saved a big list of ways to keep your gums healthy for this blog.
Dr. Jessica Stilley and Dr. Steven Lieber add a variety of food items to the beneficial list. What better way to multitask than to eat healthier snacks and improve your gums at the same time. The following is a collection of some of the best food choices for healthy teeth and gums.
Leafy GreensLeafy greens are packed with fiber and require more chewing. The extra chewing generates more saliva which neutralizes mouth bacteria. They are also full of vitamins and low in calories. They contain folic acid which has a number of health benefits including fighting gum disease. Think raw spinach, lettuce, kale, collard greens, and related foods.
CeleryLet’s add celery to the mix. This healthy snack contains vitamins A and C, antioxidants that improve the health of your gums; and the fibrous strands help clean food and bacteria from your teeth. Crunch away.
Milk, Yogurt, and CheeseMilk and the dairy products developed from it, like yogurt and cheese not only contain bone fortifying calcium, but a protein called casein. Casein reduces the acid levels in the mouth. As we know, acids are destructive to your tooth enamel.
AlmondsMore fiber, calcium, and protein can be added to your diet with almonds. Calcium helps build stronger bones and teeth. Almonds have no sugar and can be eaten alone or added to salads or meals such as stir-fry or asian style dishes.
CarrotsVitamin A is a great benefit of carrots, but also their high fiber generates saliva while snacking and also cleans your teeth. Looking for a healthy alternative to chips or candy. Think carrots while watching TV or as a side to your sandwich.
ApplesIt’s hard to find a more portable and delicious snack than apples. These fruits are high in fiber and water. Eating apples produces a lot of saliva as in previous examples is beneficial to teeth and gums. Research also identifies that eating apples stimulates the gums, keeping them healthy.
OnionsBelieve it or not, onions neutralize oral bacteria and target the bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities.
GingerWe love ginger with our sushi. Did you know that ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties and those results help the soft tissues of the mouth?
We encourage you to not only add more of these foods to your diet, but to read more about the subject of healthy foods that protect teeth and gums. Your new knowledge might just change or even save your life.