Thursday, May 16, 2013

What Foods Help To Fight Gum Disease?

I've read a lot of posts on this topic.   I want to stress right up front that it would be unwise to think that you could possibly stop gum disease via diet alone.   Although, dietary changes could certainly help.  

The reason I say that is as follows:  With gum disease, the bacteria have already made significant progress.  Diet may help in some regards to limit their growth, but it is unlikely to stop problem of gum disease by itself. 

They key to stopping gum disease is the daily manual disruption of plaque.   The bacteria will rapidly proliferate if the plaque layer is left in tact for any length of time.

Foods that can be helpful include any vegetable with lots of cellulose (it naturally helps to clean teeth)  Carrots, celery, peas etc. 

Eating quality lean meat can help provide zinc and coenzyme Q-10 - both support the gum (periodontal) tissue. 

Yogurt  - yogurt contains healthy bacteria, not the kind that causes gum disease.  Japanese research has shown the preventive power of yogurt.   The benefit is in replacing the 'bad bacteria' with a strong colony of good bacteria.   This is basically probiotics for the mouth.  

Foods and Drinks to Avoid

Coffee, soda and other acidic beverages  - the 'bad bacteria' love acid.  It makes them multiply faster.  If you are suffering from gum disease, you don't want to add to this problem. 


1. Be under the care of a good periodontist.   They may recommend more frequent cleanings such as 3 or 4 times per year instead of only twice.  This has been shown to be helpful to a lot of people.

2.  Brush and floss 2 or more times per day or at the frequency suggested by your periodontist.

3. You will probably want to look into additional plaque disrupting tools and techniques  such as the Perio-Aid and the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator (I highly recommend this and we do sell it here on this site).

4.  Read The books:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease : A Layman's Guide to Fighting Gum Disease   and  How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps  - disclaimer, I wrote them both.



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