You realize that when we develop a medical condition, there is a chance that we will have to make some changes to our diets in order to not worsen the issue. The same applies for any dental conditions you may encounter, like periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. When you have periodontal disease, there are many factors in which can trigger worsening symptoms. One of the most important ways you can treat this and prevent anything worse from occurring so changing your diet. Here are some recommendations in which you should follow if you have periodontal disease:
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C, like grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines. One study found that people who ate less than the RDA for vitamin C were one and a half times more likely to develop gingivitis.
- Choose high-quality, organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free “grass-fed” meats.
- Increase your omega-3 essential fatty acids by selecting high-quality wild-caught salmon, minimal-mercury albacore tuna, fish oil, avocados, and sprouted walnuts.
- Eat raw, organic vegetables.
- Add high-quality fiber to your diet, such as ground flax seed.
- Add healthy saturated fats to your diet, such as organic virgin coconut oil.
- Choose sprouted, whole-grain products.
- Add nutrient-dense and unprocessed foods such as sprouted nuts and seeds to your diet.
- Eat limited fruits and fruit juices.
- Choose organic, cage-free eggs.
- Choose dairy items that have live, active cultures (probiotics), such as yogurt and kefir. Regular yogurt consumption can eliminate bad breath.
- Drink purified water throughout the day.
Gum disease is a common situation for many adult Americans. In fact, it can occur in close to 85% of adults in their lifetime. Preventative measures will only help improve your dental checkups.
If you have questions or concerns regarding gum disease, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.
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