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Food for Healthy Gums

Food for Healthy GumsWhile most people realize that flossing, brushing, and visiting their oral health professional are integral components of maintaining oral health, many do not know that the very foods they choose to eat have a direct impact upon their periodontal well-being. That’s right- your diet uniquely affects your gum’s ability to clear away plaque and calculus, freshen your breath, and strengthen and regenerate gum tissue.

Crunchy foods are great at scraping away bacteria and calculus that accumulate along the gumline. Fresh fruits and vegetables like apples, cucumbers, celery, and carrots not only scrape at bacteria, but they also help eliminate food particles between the teeth and keep the breath fresh between tooth brushing. Moreover, crunchy, fibrous foods take longer to chew, generating more saliva which in turn helps flush the mouth of bacteria near the gum line. Adding fresh, fibrous, crunchy fruits and vegetables to your diet will help rid your mouth of food particles, freshen your breath, and clear away plaque that accumulates around the gums.

It may be surprising to learn that consuming moderate amounts of dairy products can also improve one’s gum health. Bacteria produces oral acids in our mouths which, unless carefully controlled, will irritate and eventually destroy our teeth and gums over time. However, dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese contain a protein called casein that helps to neutralize oral acids formed in the mouth. To help naturally negate bacterial acids that break down the teeth and gums, consume a reasonable amount of dairy.

Also, foods rich in vitamin C offer a plethora of periodontal benefits. Vitamin C is powerful! It strengthens blood vessels by boosting the production of red blood cells, helps repair and regenerate gum tissue, and possesses anti-inflammatory properties found naturally in foods. Add some color to your diet with vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables like peppers, oranges, kiwis, pineapple, strawberries, kale, and spinach. Other foods with high vitamin C content include fortified foods like breads, grains, cereals, potatoes and tomatoes. Your gums will thank you for adding such foods into your diet.

Additionally, foods containing polyphenols contribute to gum health through the powerful antioxidants of which polyphenols are composed. Antioxidant-filled polyphenols slow bacterial growth that cause gum disease, cavities, and bad breath, and these polyphenols are abundant in plants-based foods. Such foods battle degenerative and infectious diseases through antioxidant activity and by neutralizing bacterial proteins. In fact, recent research increasingly demonstrates that foods high in polyphenols may even effectively combat oral cancer. You can easily add foods dense in polyphenols to your diet by drinking coffee and green tea, eating olives and pumpkin, adding spices likes cloves and cinnamon to your dishes, and even indulging in dark chocolate.

Finally, simply sipping some old-fashioned H2O helps strengthen teeth and gums, fights inflammation, and prevents tooth decay. Water does all this by helping keep saliva levels up and washing away food particles. Furthermore, water contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium that strengthen teeth and gums, fight inflammation, and prevent tooth decay.

To conclude, the very foods we put into our bodies directly impact our periodontal health, for better or for worse. By being intentional about what you eat and drink, not only can you impact your physical well-being, but you can also greatly improve your periodontal health.

Smoking and Periodontal Disease

These days most people are aware of the negative effects of smoking upon their health. And you’ve probably heard it said at least once–smoking is bad for your mouth. It’s true. Smoking is especially detrimental to individuals’ oral health. It causes a number of periodontal problems and exacerbates numerous pre-existing conditions. But why and how, exactly, does smoking increase people’s risk for gum disease?Smoking and Periodontal Disease Continue reading “Smoking and Periodontal Disease”

Why You Should Floss Your Teeth Even if Your Gums Bleed

Flossing daily is a gentle and effective way to protect one’s oral health, and it should not cause the gums to bleed. However, when people do not floss regularly, their gums will tend to bleed when they do floss. This bleeding often deters people from continuing to floss later on. Unfortunately, this usually leads to gingivitis and often to periodontal disease. This seemingly vicious cycle prompts a number of questions (and, fortunately, answers!):

Healthy Gums versus Inflamed Gums Continue reading “Why You Should Floss Your Teeth Even if Your Gums Bleed”

CareCredit Helps You Pay for Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Have you ever found yourself checking out at a healthcare office, receiving your bill, and starting to panic because insurance didn’t cover as much as you thought it would? Or maybe you don’t have insurance at all, and your bill is much higher than you assumed it would be in the first place. That’s where CareCredit comes in to help. Continue reading “CareCredit Helps You Pay for Out-of-Pocket Expenses”

Gum Disease Can Affect the Whole Body

Over 75 % of Americans suffer from gum disease. And while most people understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth, many do not know that gum disease is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect not only the mouth, but also the entire body. Did you know that periodontal (gum) health and systemic (whole body) health are interrelated? Conversely, periodontal disease is linked to a number of systemic diseases. Periodontal disease has even been associated with such conditions as an increased risk of pregnancy complications, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Why is this? Continue reading “Gum Disease Can Affect the Whole Body”

Which Scaling and Root Planing Method is Best for You?

Many patients choose traditional scaling and root planing treatments (SRP) as a safe, non-surgical method to deep-clean the bacteria from their teeth and gums. However, a small number of periodontists are opting to use new laser technology to treat patients instead. Which method is best for you?

Laser SRP Vs Traditional SRP
Laser SRP Versus Traditional SRP

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North Raleigh Perio to Participate in Triangle Down Syndrome Network’s Buddy Walk

On an autumn day several years ago, we lost one of our daughters. Her name was Laura Anne. She was a precious little five-month-old girl, and she had Down Syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a heart defect and didn’t pull through heart surgery. Predictably, losing her was one of the toughest times of our lives. We miss her tremendously and always will; yet we take comfort knowing we’ll see her again in heaven. Continue reading “North Raleigh Perio to Participate in Triangle Down Syndrome Network’s Buddy Walk”