How Good Nutrition Protects Your Gums

encinitas nutritionIn our last blog, we discussed how proper brushing and flossing could limit the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease, keeping your smile whole and healthy. But good nutrition is also a vital part of good gum health. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about how we protect gums from poor health.

Sugar, Starch, and Periodontal Disease

What we eat and drink can impact our gum health and leave us more vulnerable to disease and even tooth loss! When consuming items high in sugar and starch, this leaves behind particles stuck on or between the teeth. As harmful oral bacteria consume the particles, this creates plaque buildup that irritates and inflames the gums, leading to gingivitis and even periodontal disease. You could experience sore, red gums that bleed easily, as well as receding tissues and swelling. But better nutrition, combined with good daily oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing, can help safeguard your smile!

Calcium and Vitamin D

You should consider adding more items with calcium to your diet. Lean meats, such as fish, turkey and chicken, and leafy greens are good sources of calcium. Dairy products are healthy as well, along with juices too. Adding these items to your diet is also good for your overall heart health too. The calcium in these foods and drinks can help strengthen your jawbone. Vitamin D is also essential, allowing you to better absorb calcium. Touch can obtain this through healthy sunlight exposure and fresh fruits and veggies. A good diet helps protect your gums and also the strength of your jaw, so you’re less likely to develop tooth loss and other complications related to periodontal disease.

Choosing Healthy Options

We would love to talk to you about choosing healthier foods and drinks, so you can better protect your periodontal health. Our team can also examine your smile and find out if you need treatment to avoid or manage the disease, keeping the advanced stages like periodontitis at bay. We could offer preventive options like Supportive Periodontal Treatment, ozone therapy, and antibiotics. Laser dentistry allows us to also address more severe cases, and even correct gum recession.

If you have any questions about how to avoid the disease, or how to maintain better oral hygiene habits, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to make sure you can enjoy a beautiful and full smile for years to come!

Talk To Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Proper Nutrition

Our team is here to help you maintain good periodontal health and a full smile! If you would like to find out more about keeping your gums healthy and strong, call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.