Every year millions of people suffer from gum disease. It is the infestation of bacteria in your gums. Gum disease can eventually infect or even destroy your teeth.
But daily brushing, regular flossing, and smart eating do more than keep you kiss-ready. Too much of the wrong mouth bacteria not only leads to bad breath, tooth decay, and tooth loss, but also gum disease. Beyond limiting the sugary sweets and harsh acidic foods in your diet, there are foods that are good for your gums.
Here are 6 foods that prevent gum disease:
Though they are sweet and sticky, research has shown that antioxidants in raisins fight the growth of a type of bacteria that can cause inflammation and gum disease.
I love the saying, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. In this case I guess it will keep the dentist away. Eating an apple can take a while. And that’s a good thing for your mouth.
The munching action spurs a cleansing action that shakes up the plaque that clings to gums and teeth. Be sure to rinse with mouthwash afterward as even healthy foods like apples can expose your mouth to acids.
Sure you will suffer from bad breath after eating onions but they have an antimicrobial ingredient that kills bacteria and even completely wipes out four bacteria strains that lead to gum disease and cavities. Sliver them and toss the strips in your salad, on your sandwich and burger or in soups and stews.
4) Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits, especially those rich in Vitamin C are an important immunity booster. Vitamin C creates an unfriendly scene for bacterial growth and wards off gum disease.
Green and black teas antibacterial properties prevent plaque buildup, while weakening existing plaque and bacteria. When tea isn’t available, swish your mouth with a natural mouthwash containing antibacterial ingredients such as cinnamon, tea tree oil, and clove.
6) Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables stimulate circulation in your gums and encourage bacteria-flushing saliva as they require serious chewing to break down the fiber. Their natural fiber “scrubs” teeth naturally, dislodging food particles and the extra saliva produced by chewing neutralizes mouth bacteria.