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Nourish Your Gums: The Best Foods to Combat Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are both common oral health issues that affect many people. While poor dental hygiene is often the main cause of these conditions, the food we eat also plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health. In this blog, we will explore the best foods to prevent and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease.

First, let’s define what gingivitis and periodontal disease are. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. It is characterized by:

  • red
  • swollen
  • bleeding gums

If left untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease, which is a more severe form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss and other health complications.

The best foods to prevent and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease are plant-based foods, especially those that are high in fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Here are some examples of foods that can help improve oral health:

  1. Leafy greens: Leafy greens such as:
  • kale
  • spinach
  • collard greens

are high in vitamins and minerals, including calcium, which is essential for strong teeth and bones. They are also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help fight off harmful bacteria in the mouth.

  1. Berries: Berries such as:
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries

are high in antioxidants, which help protect the gums from inflammation and infection.

  1. Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They also contain minerals such as:
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus

which are important for healthy teeth and bones.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables such as:
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • brussels sprouts

are high in fiber, which helps promote healthy digestion and prevent constipation. They also contain anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce inflammation in the gums.

  1. Green tea: green tea contains catechins, which are powerful antioxidants that help fight off harmful bacteria in the mouth. It also contains fluoride, which helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.

In addition to these foods, it is important to limit or avoid sugary and acidic foods, which can contribute to tooth decay and erosion. It is also essential to maintain good dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

Click here to see the full scientific article from Nutrition Facts.

Incorporating plant-based foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and supplements from Asher Longevity Institute into your diet, you can help prevent and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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