Somehow along the way, mostly due to marketing of toothpaste and floss, the public was lead to believe that brushing and flossing would prevent all dental issues. Although oral hygiene is part of the equation, the often overlooked other part is the make up of you Gut Biome. In our office, we see patients on a daily basis who may be quite thorough in the brushing technique, and maybe even daily flossers, but struggle with periodontal disease.
With all of the focus on gut biome and diet that we have been hearing in the last 5-10 years, it is not surprising that the environment of the mouth is strongly affected by what is going on in the gastrointestinal system as well. In fact, it appears that diet may be actually the biggest factor in gingival health. Recently I came across a nice list of foods that help gum tissue health, courtesy of Mark Burhenne DDS. Keep these in mind and aim to get a couple per meal if you have gingivitis or periodontitis.
- Nuts and seeds (high in omega 3s)
- Pistachios, macadamia nuts, sesame seeds
- Salmon (omega 3s)
- Grass-fed beef (omega 3s and collagen)
- Chicken (CoQ10 enzyme and collagen)
- Bone broth (collagen)
- Shiitake mushrooms (lentinan attacks bad bacteria)
- Broccoli and red or green bell peppers (vitamin C)
- Sweet potatoes (beta carotene)
- Green tea and cacao (catechins)
- Kefir, sauerfraut, kimchi