You know that certain foods can increase your chances of getting cavities, but there are also certain foods that are better or worse for the health of your smile foundation. If you want to learn more about the foods that could potentially help you avoid the need for a gum disease treatment, call Lakewood Dental Centre at 204-977-8515 today.
If we do determine that you have periodontal disease, we will take care of that problem as quickly and gently as possible at our Winnipeg, MB dentist office. We want to help you keep your whole smile healthy and address any concerns as quickly and efficiently as we can.
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Show Your Taste Buds & Gums Some Love With These Foods
The same foods that can be harmful to your teeth – sweets, acidic foods, etc. – can also be bad for your gum health because the same bad bacteria that wreaks havoc on your teeth can also hurt your healthy pink gums.
But we’re not focusing on foods that are bad for oral health in this blog. We’re going to tell you about some foods that you can eat both to enjoy for taste and for the help they’ll provide in keeping your gums healthy.
While it may seem kind of counter-intuitive since they can change the way your breath smells, onions are actually great for your gums because they help to neutralize bacteria that can harm your smile foundation.
Shiitake mushrooms are also great for your gums because they contain antibacterial compounds that can help fight plaque-building bacteria that likes to collect in between your tooth roots and your gumline.
Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are jam-packed with nutrients and minerals that help keep your oral health great. Specifically, they contain large amounts of vitamin C, which boosts red blood cell production and fights inflammation.
Peppers & Citrus Fruits
Like leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits are full of vitamin C. If you like Mexican food, you could even combine them in salsas and other dishes for a one-two punch!
Most Dairy Products
Milk, yogurt, and cheese are full of calcium, which is great for teeth, as you probably know. But these dairy products also contain a protein called casein which can aid in neutralizing certain acids that are produced by oral bacteria.
Celery, Apples, & Carrots
These fruits and vegetables contain a lot of nutrients, but they’re also great for your oral health because they’re both crunchy and fibrous. Crunchy foods can actually help scrape away other stuck on foods and plaque as you eat them and fibrous foods cause your mouth to produce a lot of saliva which aids in rinsing away food particles.