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Dentist Explains the Best Foods to Eat for Healthy Gums

March 6, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — commonparkteam @ 8:49 pm

woman smiling eating appleIf you want to keep your smile for years and years, you should always take care of your whole mouth. This means both your teeth and gums are important to making your smile last a lifetime. You should be brushing and flossing to help your teeth and gums stay strong, but that’s not all. Everything that you put in your mouth affects the strength of your smile.

In fact, your dentist has covered the best foods to eat for healthier gums in this week’s blog post. Continue reading to learn more about nutrition and how it affects the mouth.

The Best Foods for Healthier Gums

Keeping your mouth—and whole body—healthy takes a level of consciousness. You can’t just eat and drink anything. Only put foods and drinks in your mouth that will add nutritional value to your body. Here are some of the most vitamin-rich foods that can help make your smile stronger.

Leafy Greens

Looking to keep your whole body healthy? You should always grocery shop for green things like green vegetables and fruits. Vegetables like spinach, kale, and even broccoli are rich in vitamin C, which boosts the production of red blood cells in the body. Greens and vegetables require you to chew more as well, which keeps your jaw strong with regular, circulating blood flow.

Shiitake Mushrooms

When taking care of your mouth, you should always try to use antibacterial products or eat foods with antibacterial properties. Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, which is an antibacterial compound. It can help eliminate excess bad bacteria in the mouth, adding to your brushing and flossing dental routine.

Dairy Products

Milk, yogurt, cheese, can add copious amounts of calcium to your body. Calcium is great for keeping your teeth and gums in great shape. Plus, these foods naturally make you salivate, producing more natural saliva. Natural saliva is one of the ways your body works to keep your mouth clean and free of lingering bacteria as well.

Peppers and Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C is also high in vegetables like peppers of all colors and acidic fruits such as oranges, kiwis, pineapple, and strawberries. Add them into your diet and gain the benefits of this anti-inflammatory vitamin through smoothies, with yogurt, and even in your salads.

Ask Your Dentist for Advice

Your dentist is also here to help you discover the best way to take care of your mouth outside of the dental office. This means that if you need help with anything—your dental hygiene routine, diet, or even the products you should be using, then you should always feel comfortable asking your dental team!

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Here at Common Park Dental, we work to keep our patient’s smiles in their best shapes for as long as possible. This means that we’re willing to give you our most helpful advice and recommendations to help you optimize your oral health. Let us help you by giving us a quick call today!

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