Keep Your Gums Healthy – Alhambra CA – Dr. Chao

Posted May 29th, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

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