184 W. Main Street, Suite 200 Collegeville, PA 19426 610-228-4366
425 Market Street, 2nd Floor Williamsport, PA 17701 570-505-6908

The Link Between Diet & Gum Disease

  • October 14, 2016

More and more information surfaces every day about the link between your diet and your health. But what can you do with this info? How can you make changes in your diet to improve your health? Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his health associates at LANAP and Implant Center – in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA – can help.

We’ll guide you in making nutrition choices that can benefit your oral health, particularly the health of your gums. Caring for your gums is essential to the overall health and well-being of your smile. When your gums aren’t healthy, the rest of your mouth soon follows.

How Healthy Are Your Gums?

In order to create a customized care plan for you, we need to start with a comprehensive exam, so we know the current state of health your gums are in. With this baseline established, we’ll know what treatments and steps need to be take to get your gums health or maintain their health.

Eating Right For The Health Of Your Gums

As a part of your nutritional therapy, our functional medicine specialist will talk with you about your diet. There are several things we know about gum health and diet already. In preparation for your appointment, you might find some of these diet connections interesting.

Some researchers theorize that probiotics, like the kind found in yogurt and certain lactic drinks, can be beneficial for the health of your gums. It’s possible that the presence of this good-for-you bacteria helps overwhelm the bad bacteria in your mouth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

More than 1-in-10 adults suffer from gum disease, which causes inflammation of your gums. Science is starting to make connections between this inflammation and more serious chronic health concerns like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart disease. A diet filled with natural antioxidants like green tea, could be help your health.

There is also a growing understanding of the relationship between vitamin C and the health of your gums. To get more vitamin C in your diet you can consume citrus fruits like oranges, but these other fruits and veggies are also great sources of vitamin C:

  • Berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell peppers
  • Spinach

While 90% of our population still follows a traditional meat-centric diet, if you do make the move to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet for your health, be sure that you actually focus on consuming a plant-based diet. Many vegetarians or vegans do not get all the nutrients they need, because when they give up meat they shift their focus to carbs like breads and chips. Carbs break down into sugars and sugar is bad for your teeth and gums.

No Food Left Behind With Regular Flossing & Brushing

About 32% of Americans say they never floss, so it should be no surprise that nearly half of all Americans suffer from some degree of gum disease from mild to severe. Even if you change your diet for the health of your gums, it’s still important to floss at least once a day and brush your teeth at least twice a day, so the food you consume doesn’t contribute to the bad bacteria in your mouth.

If you do develop gum disease, we can treat it with LANAP laser therapy. LANAP laser therapy is our speciality and allows us to free your gums of the tissue that has been compromised by bacteria. This treatment allows your gums to reattach to your teeth, eliminating the space for bacteria around the roots of your teeth. It also has been show to prompt bone regrowth.

Quitting Smoking For Your Health

We strongly suggest our patients include smoking cessation as a step to include in any plan they make focused on improving their oral and overall health. Smoking makes is extremely detrimental to the health of your gums and can stain your teeth. It’s also one been shown to be cause of oral cancer.

Any treatment or procedure you invest in for the health of your gums and teeth can be adversely affected by smoking or be less effective than it would be if you weren’t a smoker. Let LANAP and Implant Center help you quit.

As you can see there’s a lot of information available about your health and your diet. This is why so many patients are thankful our specialists can help them decide the best choices to make for their smile. To learn how to make each meal matter, you can schedule a consultation by calling our Collegeville, PA location at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport, PA location at 570-505-6908.