Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems there is. It’s estimated that around 50% of adults in the U.S. have some form of gingivitis or periodontitis.
Considering how common gum disease is, it might be a good idea to learn a few ways you can deal with it. As it turns out, a healthy diet can do a lot to combat oral infection. Here are some foods that have been shown to help with gum disease.
Chicken noodle soup is great when you’re sick, and it turns out there’s a reason why. Bone broth is rich in all kinds of nutrients. It contains collagen, which can support gum health and improve the connection between the gums and the teeth. That creates a barrier to prevent bacteria from seeping below the gum line.
These tasty autumn treats happen to contain vitamins that are essential to oral health. They’re rich in vitamins A and C, both of which keep gums strong and moist. They also contain antioxidants which have some correlation with reduced inflammation.
Oily fish, like salmon, are good for your cholesterol, and some people report that they also offer cognitive benefits. On top of all that, omega-3 fatty acids in fish have anti-inflammatory effects, which is why they’re also good to eat if you’re dealing with gum disease.
These mushrooms have been cultivated since 1100 AD in Sung Dynasty China. In modern times they’re some of the most popular mushrooms around the world, and for good reason. One 2016 study published in Pharmacognosy Review found that these mushrooms have some antimicrobial effects, meaning that they could be used to prevent the bacteria buildup that causes gum disease.
Green tea is a healthy alternative to coffee for people who need their caffeine fix, in part due to the prevalence of antioxidants in the drink. It also contains catechins and flavonoids, which some evidence suggests could help reduce swelling and tissue damage to the gums.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of delicious and nutritious foods that can help you stave off gum disease. Pairing them with solid dental hygiene will keep your gums strong and healthy.
About the Author
Dr. Anthony Giamberardino has been working at his practice since 1993. In that time, he’s learned a lot about how he can improve the lives of his patients. The experience he’s gained over the last thirty years has afforded him an expertise that’s evident in the quality of his dental care. Dr. Giamberardino is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
If you have any questions about preventing gum disease, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (781) 396-3800.