Include these foods in your diet in order to keep your gums healthy:
- Water- keeps your saliva level high
- Kiwi, berries, broccoli, kale, oranges are the best source of vitamin c. It reduces inflammation and influence the collagen production that helps to fight periodontal disease
- Grapes, raisins, nuts, beans, apples- great source of antioxidants that protects the gum tissue from cell damage bacterial infection
- Eggplants, cherries, soy, flaxseeds, cocoa, shiitake mushrooms rich in anthocyanin, arginine and polyphenols. Shortly about their impact: fight the plaque attachment.
- Ginger freshens the breath and inhibit bacteria growth
- Brushing – it is always a good idea
Best foods to keep your teeth healthy:
- Foods that contain calcium an phosphorus: cheese (hard), yogurt , red meat , eggs . Vegans can enjoy: almonds, brazil nuts, tofu, pumpkin seeds.
- Crunchy vegetables and fruits like apples, celery, carrots, and cucumbers. Chewing these fruits and veggies produces more saliva and their abrasive natural surface removes plaque and food particles.
- Vitamin c and the foods mentioned above
- Vitamin d – the sun is the best source
It is worth mentioning the worst foods for gums and teeth: sticky sweets (they stuck in the dental fissures and grooves, that is an ideal environment for decay formation); soft and carbonated drinks wear away the enamel and it is as dangerous as candies when it comes to sugar content; medication and alcohol that dries the mouth disturb the natural process of saliva flow also lead to decay.
Dr. Irina Bratu
Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.