December 10, 2018

Even when you take good care to brush and floss your teeth every day, gum disease can rear its ugly head and cause problems. Luckily, regular visits to a periodontist such as Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche of Nova Perio Specialists can help to control and reverse the effects of periodontitis. However, did you know that you can also take your gum health into your own hands by simply watching what you eat? Consider these common foods to eat or avoid if you are currently fighting off gum disease.

What To Eat

Many healthy, natural foods are good for your teeth and gums. When you are already dealing with periodontitis, however, you want to consume foods that neutralize the harmful bacteria, enhance production of your red blood cells, and contain antioxidants and other properties to reduce inflammation. A few common gum-friendly options include the following:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cheese
  • Leafy greens
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Yogurt

Keep in mind that it is not just foods you should consider. The drinks you consume can also affect your oral health. Milk and green tea are both healthier options that can also give your gums a boost while they are fighting off disease.

What To Avoid

Eating mouth-healthy foods may do you little good if you are also constantly ingesting harmful ones. While your gums are suffering and you are trying to reclaim their health, be sure to avoid anything with sugars, acids, or cold temperatures. Here are a few ideas:

  • Candies
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fruit yogurt
  • Pickled foods

You should also avoid sugary or acidic drinks. Keep in mind that sugars can hide just about anywhere – even in foods that people think are a little healthier, such as peanut butter.

Discover More Today

A visit with Dr. Kharmouche may help you in developing a food plan to help rid your mouth of gum disease. For more information, contact our office and schedule an appointment today.



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