February 21, 2018
We’re sharing all sorts of information with patients during National Gum Disease Awareness Month this February, including dietary recommendations. If you’d like to get some professional advice on improving the health of your smile foundation and also find out if you’re in need of a gum disease treatment, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 today.
We offer a broad spectrum of general dentistry services and much more at our Kansas City, MO dentist office so you won’t have to visit multiple specialists to get you and your family the quality dental care you deserve.
By doing your part at home to maintain optimum oral hygiene habits and visiting us regularly for dental cleanings and exams every six months, you may be able to avoid a large variety of dental problems in the future, including major issues like tooth loss. There are a lot of things you can do to improve and maintain gum health, including changing your diet as you’ll read below.
We accept a large variety of payment options at our Kansas City, MO dentist office to make paying for your dental needs a little less financially stressful. We also offer some flexible morning and evening hours that many other dental offices do not. For example, we open early at 7:00 a.m. on Thursdays and also stay late until:
- 6:00 p.m. on Mondays
- 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Eat More Foods That Will Help You Avoid Gum Disease
Your diet may not be the single most important factor in keeping your gums healthy, but it may have a bigger effect than you’d think.
Every time you have a meal, your gums are involved in the process of chewing and are also coming into contact with your food and the various vitamins, minerals, and other substances that compose your food. Show your gums some love in your dietary choices by eating more of the following foods.
While it may seem counterintuitive because they can contribute to bad breath, onions are great for your gums because they help to neutralize bad oral bacteria. Try putting onions on or in:
- Sandwiches and burgers
- Stir frys
- Soups, stews, and chilis
Leafy greens like spinach and kale are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, but in particular, they also contain a large amount of vitamin C. This helps boost red blood cell production, which in turn helps reduce inflammation in your gums and elsewhere. Leafy greens are great in salads and soups and can also be cooked down to serve as a side dish.
Peppers And Citrus Fruits
Similar to leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits pack a punch of vitamin C. From smoothies to salads to yogurt toppings, you can find plenty of places to fit in more of these gum-loving fruits and vegetables.
Shiitake mushrooms contain an antibacterial compound called lentinan that helps to fight against the same bacteria that contribute to gum disease. They’re very versatile and can be included in various dishes or used as a side item.
Celery, Carrots, & Apples
Crunchy fruits and vegetables are not only the delicious, they can also help you scrape away food particles that are stuck to your teeth. Some, like celery, carrots, and apples, are also high in fiber, making them difficult to chew and forcing your mouth to produce more saliva, which is great for your gums.
Milk, Yogurt, & Cheese
Foods that are high in calcium, like dairy products, are also usually very good for your oral health because they help to strengthen teeth and bone. But dairy products also typically contain casein, which helps to neutralize potentially harmful acids in your mouth.
If we determine that you have periodontal disease, we will treat you as soon as possible using gentle but effective methods so you can regain your healthy mouth. So you’ll know what to expect, we can provide a clear explanation of the procedure before we begin.
We’ll also go the extra mile to ensure your comfort. We offer various amenities to relax you, including:
- TVs with DISH programming in every care room to entertain and distract you
- Soft blankets and pillows
- Warm aromatherapy face and hand towels
- Yummy snacks and refreshing beverages
To see if you need a gum disease treatment and learn more about the best oral hygiene habits and dietary guidelines to help improve and maintain the health of your whole mouth, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 or use our handy online form to book.