Foods That Are Good For Your Smile

Want a healthy grin? Then don’t forget your gums. Astonishingly, one out of two adults in the U.S. has gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is linked to heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

The good news: In addition to regular brushing and flossing, new research shows that eating certain foods will get your gums into tip-top shape. Here are some foods that save your smile:

Salmon: This flavorful fish contain slots of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce gum inflammation. A recent study found that people who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids could slash their risk of gum disease by 22 percent.

Strawberries: These berries are full of vitamin C, which builds collagen, an important component of healthy gum tissue. Research shows that consuming at least 60 mg of vitamin C (the amount in six large strawberries) each day can significantly reduce your chance of getting gum disease. But stay away from vitamin C lozenges that contain cavity-causing sugar, and fizzy vitamin drinks, which can erode enamel.

100 percent Whole Grain Bread: Eating three servings of whole grains each day can reduce the risk of serious gum disease by 23 percent, according to a Canadian study, probably because they contain B vitamins and iron, both of which are essential to gum health. Oatmeal, barley and brown rice will work too.

Green Tea: Hot or iced, green tea contains antioxidants that kill the germs that cause gum infections, so it’s no wonder a large Japanese study found that every cup reduces your rate of bleeding gums and inflammation. Bonus:

Green tea also helps kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Pistachios: These nuts boast a big dose of CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to effectively fight gum inflammation. (If you already have periodontal problems, you could have a CoQ10 deficiency. Ask your dentist or doctor if you could benefit from a supplement.)

Next time you are at the grocery store, plan to pick up some of these delicious foods that can make your smile healthier.

Nutrients in Strawberries Benefit the Health of Your Gums