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What Foods Should You Avoid With Gingivitis?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
What Foods Should You Avoid With Gingivitis?Nearly half of the adult population across the world suffers from some form of gum disease. The medical name for gum disease is gingivitis. At higher stages, it is called periodontitis. Fortunately, it is possible to stop the progression and reverse gum-disease related dental damage if you identify the problem early enough. Routine dental checkups and making certain lifestyle and dietary changes can help treat gum diseases effectively.

Here, we list down some of the common everyday foods that you should generally avoid if you have gingivitis.

Soda and Sports Drinks

Soda and sports drinks have a high concentration of acids and sugar that can worsen your gum infection. The bacteria responsible for gingivitis thrive on sugar, converting it into acid that gradually erodes your teeth enamel. In addition to that, it eats away at the soft tissue lining around your teeth. This eventually loosens your teeth from their proper place.

Caffeinated and Alcoholic Beverages

Beverages like tea, coffee, and wine tend to reduce saliva production. This, in turn, causes dry mouth which can contribute to gingivitis. If you cannot avoid them altogether, consume these beverages in a limited amount only. Moreover, remember to brush or rinse your mouth immediately after.

Sour Candies

It's no surprise that candy is bad for your oral health. However, sour candies have a more acidic composition which makes them even more harmful for people with gum diseases. Avoid all types of sour and chewy treats because they are more likely to cause gum decay.

Extra Hard Food Items

Gingivitis tends to make your teeth fragile and more susceptible to movement as the gums recede from the base. Therefore, biting down on hard food items such as nuts can easily push your teeth out of position. It is not uncommon for people with gum diseases to chip or break their teeth crushing walnuts or eating similar hard foods. You can drink iced beverages if your teeth don't feel sensitive. But resist the temptation to chew on the ice cubes.

To learn more about gingivitis treatment and prevention, visit Dr. Brian Pitfield and at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC. Call (601) 255-9929 to book your appointment.

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