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Your gums work hard for your smile. They provide support for your teeth, they protect the oral bone, and they fight off bacteria which could lead to gum disease. Together with your daily brushing and flossing routine, you can boost your gum health by eating the foods they need.

Leafy greens like kale and spinach are known to provide healthy vitamins and minerals for your body, but for your gums as well. They also give you crucial vitamin C that boosts your red blood cell production and reduces inflammation of the gums. Just chewing leafy greens helps your smile as it stimulates the production of saliva. Saliva flushes away oral bacteria, plaque, and food particles. You can toss these greens into salads, include them cooked in side dishes, and add them to soups and sandwiches.

Another valuable nutrient for your gums is calcium. Found in dairy products, a protein called casein neutralizes oral acids that are created by bacteria in the mouth. Oral acids attack gum tissue, leading to irritation and inflammation. You can get the casein you need by yogurt and cheese or drinking milk.

Healthy gums need vitamin C, and leafy greens aren’t your only source. Rich sources of vitamin C can be found in a variety of peppers and citrus fruits to support gum health. Eating kiwis, oranges, pineapples, and strawberries provide you with this anti-inflammatory vitamin. Adding them to salads, eating them with yogurt, putting them in smoothies, or just eating them fresh works.

Fresh apples, celery, and carrots have the crunch factor, which means they are adept at loosening oral debris and plaque from between teeth and around the gums. This helps keep your mouth fresher in between brushing. Because they are high in fiber, they require lots of chewing, which in turn, stimulates the production of saliva. This increased saliva flushes away bacteria around the gumline, so eating these foods will benefit your gums.

Our Paul R Sommers DDS team in Watertown, Wisconsin is always ready to help you with your oral health needs. To schedule a visit with Dr. Paul Sommers please give us a call at 920-261-5110 today!