Now that we have begun our 2020, we all have had health on our minds. But when you think about improving your health, do you think about your dental health? You should. Because most of our overall health issues have been affected by our oral health. After all, our mouths are used for so much – it is important to keep it healthy by practicing good dental health.
Did you know that most adults will have some type of gum disease in their lifetime? But don’t worry – there are ways to prevent it at home – by practicing good oral health, regular dental checkups and a change in your diet. Here are some recommendations and why you should work them into your diets:
- 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. It has been shown that regular consumption of yogurt can eliminate bad breath.
- Drink purified water throughout the day.
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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