Which foods protect our gums?

Dra. Libertad Caro
Specialist in Periodontology and Dental Implantology

As we have mentioned previously, there are foods which are beneficial to teeth, helping to prevent disease and promoting healthy dental care. In this post we will focus on one of the most important parts of our mouth: gums.

Currently, there are various treatments for gum disease, but we can also include foods as home remedies for maintaining optimal gum health. Among the most beneficial are:

Blueberries

These purple berries are one of the foods with the highest levels of antioxidant polyphenols we can find. Blueberries contain a large amount of molecules with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, known as proanthocyanidins, which help prevent gum disease.

Unsaturated fats: Omega-3

Foods rich in these fats, such as blue fish oils (especially salmon), have vitamin D, which is necessary for proper bone development and maintenance. This therefore improves the symptoms of periodontal disease.

Kiwi

Kiwi is one of the healthiest foods for our teeth because of the high level of vitamin C it contains. This vitamin plays a very important role in the regeneration of collagen in periodontal tissues and in improving the function of leukocytes against infections.

Green tea

In an earlier post we talked about the catechins; protective tooth substances and periodontal tissues found in large quantities in Green tea, giving it magnificent antioxidant properties. Studies conducted over the last decade show that the antioxidant power of catechins is 100 times higher than that of vitamin C.

Grapes and red wine

Other foods great for teeth include grapes, thanks to the presence of polyphenol resveratrol. Consuming two clusters of grapes per day for a few weeks have been shown to improve vitamin C levels and are responsible for reduced gingival bleeding in patients with periodontitis.

All of these form just a small list of the wide variety of foods that exist to keep teeth healthy. However, if you want to know more about how to care for your gums, you can visit the section of our blog which covers this topic, or ask our gum specialist (periodontist) for advice.

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