Very few of us go to our dental appointment expecting any type of nutritional advice.  However, studies show that there is a correlation between oral disease and daily diet.  Specifically, prevalence of periodontal disease has been linked to sugar and carbohydrate intake.  We have a few facts and tips to keep your gums and body healthy from now on!

Two major factors when determining periodontal disease are nutrition and immunity.  Periodontal disease usually begins as a small wound and progresses over time into a larger, more invasive issue.  In order for this wound to grow, it needs to have access to energy such as sugar and carbohydrates.  Although proper dental hygiene can reduce your risks, avoiding these foods altogether is your best bet.  Additionally, if vitamin rich foods and antioxidants are not consumed regularly, immunity will be lacking.  Foods like fruit, vegetables, berries and omega-3 acids will improve the body’s ability to find disease, including periodontal (gum) disease.

Why Are My Gums So Inflamed?

When people suffer from periodontal disease, they experience painful, uncomfortable gum inflammation.  Depending on the severity, this can often lead to bleeding and tooth decay.  Recent studies have solidified the fact that highly fermented carbs contribute heavily to inflammation.  Simple sugars such as white bread, pasta, crackers and other frequently consumed foods are a huge factor in the progression and formation of gum disease.

How Does It Work?

Gum disease can appear for a variety of reasons.  The best way to prevent any complications is to go to the dentist at the very first sign of discomfort.  This can often be spotted by bleeding when brushing the gums or flossing.  Once the gums have become sensitive to disease, consuming sugary foods or beverages will stick right to the area of infection and cause the wounds to grow and develop further.  Additionally, bread and carbohydrate rich products will act in the same way, as they too are high in sugar.

Early Prevention

The best way to prevent or discontinue the progression of periodontal disease is to visit your dental profession right away.  Many patients receive annual or bi-annual periodontal exams.  Those with compromised immune systems should be especially careful and observant when performing their daily dental routine for any red flags.’

Dr Finley who is a very experienced Toledo dentist , knows the signs to look for and can advise you on best practices to avoid a worsening dental situation. Call his office now and arrest the decline! (419)472-6645