The Best Foods for Healthy Gums

We all know that our gums are the centerpiece of the mouth when it comes to dental health and what it can effect. They work to keep the teeth safe, protect jaw bones, and also act as a barrier when it comes to keeping out common bacteria that occur in the mouth on a regular diet. One of the quickest ways to gum health is the consumption of specific foods that highly benefit gum health and encourage healthy gum growth.

Let’s take a look at some foods that will be beneficial for your diet and gums.

Go Greens: Incredible items like kale, broccoli, chard, spinach and Brussel sprouts contain key vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation and bacteria in the mouth. Imagine what having two green items every night would do for you and your dental health. It’s important that with green foods, that we try to consume them as close to raw as possible.

Shiitake Mushrooms: These little unsuspecting, naturally occurring fungus can be incredibly beneficial to your diet and dental health. How? Well, with high levels of Lentinan (an antibacterial compound), mushrooms help aid in the fight against plaque-building bacteria that form in your mouth. The type that usually can hide very well in the mouth – except when it comes to adding shiitake mushrooms into your dietary routine.

High Fibrous Foods: Fiber is key a healthy body but did you know that it’s also crucial for oral health too? The fibers of foods like celery, carrots and apples are able to penetrate the crevices of your teeth and grab debris. Crunchy fruit is also beneficial for the mouth because it generates high amounts of saliva.

Vitamin C: High amounts of Vitamin C can be found in peppers of all colors and heat levels. Vitamin C is also commonly found in oranges, pineapple, kiwi, and strawberries. Consider adding these items to your diet and you’ll be sure to see the benefits of the anti-inflammatory properties they contain – great addition to most yogurts or salads!

Onions: These diverse vegetables can go with almost anything and be prepared a variety of ways. They’re a fantastic food for gum health because bacteria are neutralized upon the onion entering the mouth. Onions have microbial properties the lend to it’s punching power when it comes to knocking out bad bacteria.

Dairy Products: Not many Americans know that dairy products are beneficial to oral health because of the high levels of calcium – a key mineral that helps strengthen human bone. The hidden benefit is that it also greatly benefits your gums in the long run. Dairy products tend to also neutralize acids in the mouth that are often time produced by forms of bacteria. An easy dairy snack to add into your diet are things like: cheese sticks, yogurt, or kefir.

Healthy gums are something we emphasize because of the ties your gums have to your overall oral health. Call our office to schedule your initial appointment with us and you can learn about the important gum health, as well as get a custom treatment plan developed just for you by our incredible staff. We can’t wait to hear from you!