Fruits and Vegetables

We’ve all heard the same mantra at our annual teeth cleaning: “brush twice a day and floss more.” But even if you are a stickler with these habits, you may be blindsided with the news that you need a filling. Why does this happen? Keep in mind that there are numerous factors that can affect your oral health. For instance, if you grind your teeth at night, you aren’t just going to have a sore jaw, you could break down your enamel. And if you have an autoimmune disease or another condition, your gums may naturally be more inflamed despite flossing.

But these factors can be mitigated. Before your next teeth cleaning, you may want to take a hard look at your diet. If you are struggling with your gums, just released a good list of foods that can help:

Want healthier gums? Eat more of these foods.


Leafy greens

Vegetables like kale and spinach are filled to the brim with mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals. Specifically, they hold vitamin C, which boosts the production of red blood cells and reduces inflammation. Both these benefits battle against irritation and gum disease. Leafy greens require more chewing, thanks to their high fibre content, which is good for gums because the chewing action creates more saliva. This helps to flush out food particles, bacteria, and plaque that may be sticking to your teeth near the gum line. Revamp your diet with power-packed greens by creating salads with them, adding them as a cooked side dish to main meals, and putting them in soups and sandwiches.


Celery, carrots, and apples

Foods that are very crunchy are excellent at scraping away stuck on food and plaque. The hard bits of foods like celery, carrots, and apples get in between teeth and into tooth crevices and can help keep your mouth fresh between brushings. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also happen to be high in fibre, which, again, means they take longer to chew and generate more saliva. Saliva is great for flushing the mouth of bacteria near the gum line. Simply add these foods to your daily diet as snacks to help get rid of food particles between meals. See the entire list at this site . . .

Besides your food intake, you’ll want to look at your beverages. If you can add more water to your diet, that can strengthen your tooth structures and lower your risk of cavities. Of course, this is easier said than done. 

While many people would make excuses in the past as to why they didn’t drink enough water, people in the U.S. today are right to be wary. With the 2014 debacle in Flint, Michigan, you may not be too keen on drinking water–and according to a recent article, many people doubt their municipalities’ water safety:

Bottled Water or Tap? Considerations for your Choice

Most health advocates promote drinking water over sugar sweetened beverages. Many urge tap water over bottled water. That’s the best way to benefit from the prevention provided by the fluoride that is added to community water systems serving about 75% of us. (Most bottled water does not contain the optimal level of fluoride to protect teeth.)


As a result of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan and the fight to protect the safety of the water at Standing Rock, there is growing awareness of long-ignored water issues around the country, from basic water safety to something we now know as water poverty. The U.S. still has some of the safest drinking water on the planet, but eroding trust means that we are at risk of drinking less of it . . .

Lady drinking water

And then there is this. Soda companies invest millions of dollars in campaigns to defeat soda taxes that are designed to discourage people from buying and consuming sugar sweetened beverages. (They have also funded successful efforts to influence health organizations.) These taxes are being imposed more widely to help abate the dramatic increase we are experiencing in obesity and Type 2 diabetes, especially among children . . .


So is bottled water a bad choice, the villain? There are lots of reasons why it isn’t as good at tap water for most of us.  However,  for people who are substituting water for soda, or people who whose water is decidedly unsafe, or people who are exploring whether or not to trust what comes from the tap, bottled water is a compromise that we live with until everyone’s right to healthful water is guaranteed. Read full article at this site . . .

But even though this article leaves a lot of issues up in the air, there are some compromises. For instance, while it may be a little more expensive, you can purchase bottled water. And because there are so many point-of-use systems nowadays that use filters, reverse osmosis, distallation, etc., there’s really no excuse to get the clean water you need. By adding more clean water and nutrient-rich foods to your diet, you will start to see changes in your oral health at appointments.

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