Most people are unaware that absence of cavities may not mean healthy
teeth. Most times our gums may not be painful and many people having no
idea of gum health may not know that their gums may be unhealthy.
Today I would like to talk about gum health. I have realized that the
stability and health of our teeth largely has a lot to do with the
health of our gums. Our teeth is a gift from God and the gifts of God
are precious and they add no sorrow with them. As we appreciate this
valuable gift from our maker, lets learn something about gum health and
how to make our gums healthy.
Gums are the hero of the mouth. They keep your teeth secure, protect your
oral bones and battle against bacteria on a day to day basis. While we take
care to make sure that our teeth are properly cleaned daily, we can often
forget to take care of our gums. If you have healthy gums, they will look
firm and pink. Some signs of unhealthy gums include;redness and swelling
gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth and gums that appear
to be pulling away from the teeth. Maintaining healthy gums can also be
important to your overall health.
Food for healthy gums
An easy way to make sure your gums are getting health support is
through your diet. Onions have been proven a fantastic food for healthy
gums because they neutralize oral bacteria. Other foods include green leafy
vegetables, green tea, peppers and fruits like citrus. Shiitake mushrooms
celery, carrots, Broccoli,sweet potatoes, and apples. Animal products such
as milk, yogurt, and cheese are good for your gums.
Nuts and seeds high in Omega 3s such as Macadamia nuts, pistachios and sesame
seeds. These nuts are ant-inflammatory and also have an inverse
relationship with gum disease.
Salmon or other fatty fish -Oily fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel are good sources of nutrients and are high in Omega 3s
Chicken-chicken contains coQ10 and collagen which are excellent in
fighting gum disease. Remember to eat the chicken skin as well. It is packed
Bone broth is also very good to your gum health.
Shiitake mushrooms-These contain lentinan which is a
Polysacharide.Letinan attacks the harmful gum disease causing
bacteria while leaving other bacteria alone.
Probiotic containing foods; -Probiotics support the good bacteria in
the mouth.Probiotic foods reduce gingivitis. They include
Kefir,Sauerkraut and Kim chi.
Gum disease starts when plague builds up under and along the gum
line. It can cause infections that hurt the gum and bone leading to gum
disease and tooth decay. Plague can also cause gingivitis. This is the
earliest stage of gum disease. It causes the gums to become inflamed,
tender, red, swollen and prone to bleeding. This damage can be checked. If
your gums are not attended to well, one can develop periodontists.This
is an advanced form of gum diseaseAccording to the American Dental
Association(ADA) the signs that you might have gum disease include;
consistently bad taste or breath
- separating or loose permanent teeth
- gums easily bleed
- gums that are swollen, red or tender
- gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- painful experience while chewing
Prevention of gum disease
Gum disease is preventable by flossing, getting regular dental
cleanings, quitting bad habits like smoking, brushing regularly, using
fluoride tooth paste and also using therapeutic mouthwash.
This mouth wash you gangle, swish it round the mouth and spit.
Floss your teeth- a good habit
Floss at least once a day. Flossing is cleaning between one’s
teeth. This helps remove the plague and food that’s beyond your
toothbrush’s reach according to the American Dental Association(ADA).It
does not matter the time you floss. You can do it at night, you can also
do it in the morning, you can do it after lunches.
Get regular dental cleanings-A good habit
It is good to regularly visit your dentist. He can detect early gum
disease symptoms. If you have gingivitis, brush your teeth, floss your teeth and regularly check
with your dentist for dental cleanings. This will reverse the condition.
Quit smoking-A bad habit
Habits soon become character and smoking is one of those very bad habits.
Habits like smoking are harmful to the gum and teeth. It has the
yellowing effect on the teeth. This coloration is the stain left by the
nicotine and tar found in cigarette and other tobacco products. When you
expose your teeth to the chemicals found in cigarettes and other tobacco
products they weaken the tooth enamel, the tooth protective layer that
cannot be replaced. These chemicals attack the gum which supports the
teeth in a bad way. Smoking also causes rottenness to teeth-The chemicals
in the tobacco products will affect both the gum and the teeth
Smoking is strongly associated with the onset of gum disease.Smoking
weakens the immune system hence making it harder to fight off a gum
infection, says the Center for Disease Control and
Presentation(CDC).Smoking makes it more difficult for your gums to heal
once they have been damaged.
Commit yourself to a good habit of Brushing twice a day
Brush your teeth after every meal. It helps remove food and plague
trapped between your teeth and gums. Scrub your tongue too, this is
because it can harbor bacteria. Your tooth brush should have soft
bristles and fit in your mouth comfortably says Mayo Clinic. You can also
consider a battery powered or electric toothbrush. These can help reduce
gingivitis and plague more than manual brushing. It is also very
important to swap toothbrushes or toothbrush heads every
three to four months or immediately the bristles start to fray.
Dental health is more important than most people realize.Nutrition
plays a major role in maintaining healthy gums and healthy teeth.Having
healthy gums and healthy teeth is very important and it requires our
attention more than we can imagine. We need healthy gums and teeth to eat
our food. Our diet influences our gum and teeth health. Visiting our
dentist regularly, flossing once a day, shunning bad habits like
smoking, brushing twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste and using
therapeutic mouthwash will help a lot in maintaining our gum health
which is the foundation that holds the teeth in place.
Remember sugar is a darling of bad bacteria which is not good for your gums.
Remember also that refined carbohydrates is an enemy too to the health of your gums.