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Some Foods That Are Great For Your Gums

Gum Disease Treatment 2 in Racine, WI at North Bay Dental

During National Gum Disease Awareness Month in February, we want to do all we can to help our patients learn about the importance of keeping your smile foundation healthy. To find out if you’re in need of a gum disease treatment and learn some minor dietary changes you can make to improve gum health, call North Bay Dental at 262-417-7326 today.

Whether you are in need of a general dentistry service or something more complex like smile repairs, we have you covered at our Racine, WI dentist office. We aim to be a one-stop shop for you and your family when it comes to dental services so you won’t have to waste time going to multiple locations to get the quality dental care you want and deserve.

If you have dental insurance but are unsure of what your policy will cover, we’d be happy to complete a complimentary insurance check for you. We also offer many other payment options, some of which are especially useful for those that don’t currently have insurance, including our own in-house payment plans and third-party financing through CareCredit.

To save you some scheduling frustrations, we offer some extended hours that many other dentist offices don’t. You can even book a morning or evening visit so you won’t have to shift your work schedule. Here’s the full schedule we keep at our Racine, WI dentist office:

  • Monday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Eat More Of The Following Foods To Help Prevent Gum Disease

You are probably aware that your diet can affect your smile in cosmetic ways. For example, dark-pigmented foods and drinks (like red wine and tomato sauce) can stain your teeth and large amounts of sugars and starches can feed bad bacteria in your mouth and speed tooth decay.

But aside from occasionally getting something stuck between your teeth or in your gums (like the shell of a popcorn kernel), you may not give a lot of thought to the way your diet affects your gum health.

Below, you’ll find a list of some foods that are great for your gums. Remember that moderation is key in a healthy diet and that too much of some foods, like those high in acid, can simultaneously be good for some aspects of your oral health and cause or contribute to dental issues as well.

Milk, Yogurt, & Cheese

Cheese fans rejoice because a wide variety of dairy products are actually great for your gum health. In addition to being high in calcium, which is great for strengthening your teeth and jawbone, many dairy products contain casein, which helps to neutralize oral acids produced by bad bacteria in your mouth.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitakes contain an antibacterial compound called lentinan that helps to fight plaque-building bacteria that likes to hide in hard to reach places between your teeth and along and below the gumline.

Onions

You may associate onions with bad breath, which is a common sign of gum health problems, but they are actually very good for your gum health. Onions help neutralize bad bacteria because they have microbial properties that battle the most common bacteria that contribute to gum disease.

Leafy Greens

Not only do leafy greens like kale and spinach contain copious vitamins and minerals, they also pack a heavy dose of vitamin C. You’re likely aware of some of the many health benefits of vitamin C (like boosting your immune system) but you may not know that it also helps in the production of red blood cells, which can reduce inflammation in your gums.

Peppers & Citrus Fruits

Like leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which helps your body fight off the bad bacteria that can result in various oral health issues, including periodontal disease.

To find out for sure if you are experiencing gum health problems, visit us soon for a dental cleaning and exam at our Racine, WI, dentist office. Not only will we clean your mouth thoroughly, we’ll also measure the depth of the pockets between your tooth roots and gumline to see if you could potentially benefit from a professional gum treatment.

Regain your healthy and beautiful gumline by visiting North Bay Dental for a gentle but effective gum disease treatment. Call 262-417-7326, swing by our office in person or use our handy online form to book.

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