Gum disease affects millions of Americans every year. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can cause serious inflammation of your gums, as well as damage to your bone surrounding your tooth. While tarter control toothpaste and anti-bacterial mouthwashes work to eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease, there is another way to reduce the bacteria as well.
Research has been conducted to show that certain foods can help to prevent gum disease. Some fruits and vegetables can even aid in the treatment of gum disease, reducing the signs and symptoms.
- Blackberries: The extract from blackberries has antibacterial properties, which can treat and prevent gum disease.
- Citrus Fruits: High in vitamin C, citrus fruits are great for keeping your gum tissue strong and healthy.
- Limes: The juice from limes also has antibacterial properties.
- Dairy Products: Dairy products high in calcium and vitamin D, such as milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese, are important for strengthening your teeth and jaw bone.
- Vegetables: Veggies that have a high beta carotene content, including peppers, carrots, squash, and leafy greens, help to fight inflammation.
If you are experiencing tender, bleeding, and inflamed gums, then you may want to schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Shlafer has years of experience in finding the first signs of gum disease. By catching it early, we can increase the probability for a good outcome.