How often do you think about the health of your gums? Most people assume their gums are healthy and don’t think too much of it. However, the health of your gums is one of the most important things to consider when talking about oral health and overall health as well.
Your gums are made of soft tissue and are designed to protect the bones of your teeth. This soft tissue forms a tight seal around your teeth to support the bones of your teeth and provide an adequate barrier against bacteria. For this reason, it is vital to take good care of your gums by brushing after meals and flossing daily to dislodge any food particles caught in the areas between and around your teeth, as well as to prevent plaque from forming on enamel surfaces.
Plaque left on the tooth enamel can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into gum disease, which is a low-grade infection of the gums that can destroy both your gums and the bones surrounding your teeth — eventually leading to tooth loss. According to reports by the American Dental Association, nearly half of American adults have gum disease but probably don’t know it. And while gum disease can occur at any age, dental hygienists believe there is a much higher risk for the disease after age 35.
Some of the best foods to eat for healthy gums and teeth include a diet high in fiber, which means looking for items such as whole-grain bread and cereals as well as beans. Fruits high in vitamin C are also good for your gums, but be sure to watch out for some types of citrus with high acidity levels. One of the hands-down best foods for oral health is celery. Consuming dairy products will help in balancing the overall pH of your mouth and drinking plenty of water will keep your gums sufficiently hydrated. Other healthy foods for your gums include leafy greens, garlic, grape seed, shiitake mushrooms, parsley, and mint.
2) Dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt)
3) Fruits (apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, and kiwis)
5) Black and Green Tea
7) Vegetables (spinach, broccoli, carrots, onions, celery, and kale)
8) Whole grains
Worried about the health of your gums? Schedule an appointment with your dental hygienist and ask about our unique Gum Disease Therapy treatment plan. Depending on the shape of your teeth and gums, we will remove and treat areas affected by bacteria buildup to make sure you have a brilliant smile that continues to last a lifetime.