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Eat Right for a Sparkling Smile

Healthy gums mean healthier teeth and a healthier body. Brushing and flossing are two important steps in keeping gums healthy and teeth clean – but food can play a part too! Sink your teeth into these five foods and continue to keep your gums in the pink.

Gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, is the initial stage of gum disease. It’s caused directly by plaque, the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on your teeth and gums. If you don’t floss and brush daily, plaque will build up, irritate the gum tissue, and cause gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to permanent damage to your teeth and jaw.

Boost the power of your family’s brush/floss routine with these food choices:

  • Strawberries:  High in vitamin C, which builds collagen, an important part
    of healthy gum tissue. Don’t love strawberries? Look for other foods high
    in vitamin C and consume more than 60 milligrams of the vitamin daily to
    keep gingivitis away.

  • Whole grains: Iron and B vitamins are essential in promoting gum health.
     You’ll find these elements in whole-grain breads, barley, oatmeal and
     brown rice.

  • Salmon: Salmon and other foods that are brimming with omega-3 fatty
    acids reduce inflammation, which again means a reduced risk of gingivitis.
    Other omega-3-rich foods include fresh tuna and flaxseeds.

  • Pistachios: The antioxidant CoQ10 also fights inflammation – and pistachios
    are rich in it.

  • Green tea: Drink in more antioxidants that kill the bacteria that leads to gingivitis.
    Bonus: Green tea also cleans away the germs that cause bad breath!

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