Gum Disease: What You Eat & What’s Eating You

Did you know that what you eat and what’s eating you can both influence your oral health?

We’re talking about nutrition, stress, and their relationship to periodontal disease. If you’ve been following our blog recently, you know that we’ve been trying to raise awareness about gum disease and how it impacts the rest of your body.

We’ve talked about what it is and why it’s dangerous if left untreated. We even outlined several risk factors such as diabetes, poor oral hygiene, and smoking. But we wanted to devote another blog to nutrition and stress specifically.

Your body has an extraordinary ability to heal itself when it’s fueled properly. When we talk about gum disease or periodontal infections, nutrition and stress management are two critical components in preventing, treating, and even reversing the damage it causes.

So let’s talk about how they relate to gum disease and how we can help you start giving your mind and body a little more TLC!

What Are You Eating?

Gum disease is an infection. Plain and simple. But because in its early stages you might not experience obvious symptoms, you could be allowing that infection to seep further under the gumline. Eventually, the infection enters the bloodstream and wreaks havoc on your body.

When there is infection in your body, no matter where, your immune system is compromised. But consider it one step further. Periodontal disease begins as infection in your mouth, and because of that, it has access to your bloodstream all day, every day.

That’s why what you eat plays such a significant role in your oral health!

When your diet is not fueling your body with the right immunity-boosting nutrients, periodontal infection can lead to inflammation and a whole host of other health problems! So you should make sure to eat foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants to help protect your body from infection. Foods like:

-Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits

-Vegetables rich in color like red bell peppers, broccoli, and spinach

-Lean proteins like chicken and salmon

-Nuts, especially almonds

-Probiotic foods like yogurt

So what are you eating? Are you giving your body what it needs to heal itself against infections like gum disease?

If you’re interested in learning more about the best nutrition for your oral and overall health, schedule an appointment with us at the LANAP & Implant Center! We have a team of highly trained specialists who offer one-on-one nutritional therapy. It’s customized to meet your specific needs and goals.

What’s Eating You?

Believe it or not, stress threatens so much more than your mind. Stress is an impetus for an innumerable amount of health problems, and that includes your oral health.

When we’re under a lot of stress, be it from work, relationships, or financial struggles, we run the risk of putting our bodies under a tremendous amount of strain that can weaken our immune system.

Stress suppresses our body’s natural ability to fight off infection. If you can’t properly manage your stress, over time, your body will show it.

Some people attempt to manage it by smoking or by eating processed foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, both of which put you at risk for gum disease. This is completely counterproductive to good oral health!

You should consider incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine. Try yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises. Make sure you have a healthy work and home life balance. You can also visit our experienced professionals.

We’ve spent years offering our patients healthier channels for managing stress. We house a Wellness Center that provides holistic services such as


-Medical facials


-Massage therapy

-Homeopathy, and much more!

What’s eating you? How are you handling it? We’re here to help!

Our specialists at the LANAP & Implant Center don’t just look at what’s going on inside your mouth. We treat the whole person. Call our Collegeville office at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport office at 570-505-6908 to schedule an appointment!

When you nourish the mind, body, and spirit, you lower your risk of developing gum disease. We’re excited to help you achieve that. Give us a call today!


Meet Dr. D

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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