When it comes to dental care we are used to dentists and hygienists advising us to analyse our diets to prevent tooth decay and/or tooth erosion. Not that many of us are aware of the link that some foods have with gum health.
Over 50% of adults in the UK will develop periodontal (gum disease). This sometimes symptomless and sometimes unpleasant condition can afflict anybody and can come as unwelcome surprise when it is diagnosed. If you are unfortunate enough to develop this condition, your hygienist will work with you to create a bespoke home care plan that includes an anti-inflammatory diet and exceptional oral hygiene. Combining this with any periodontal treatment will improve the chances of controlling your periodontal disease.
There is a lot of benefit of following an anti-inflammatory diet. There are many major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s that have been linked to chronic inflammation and evidence to suggest that by avoiding pro inflammatory and eating anti inflammatory food instead, we can reduce and possibly even prevent some of these conditions.
Avoid or reduce these (Pro- inflammatory foods)
- Sugar and sugary foods including syrups and pop
- White carbohydrates eg white flour and bread
- Some vegetables eg carrots, parsnips, potatoes
- Some fruit; eg pineapple, melon
- Processed food and ready meals eg bacon
- Sauces and ketchups containing sugar
- Red and fatty meats
- Some oils eg coconut oil
- Saturated fats eg dairy products,
- Trans fats, lard, margarine,
- Nuts (especially almonds and walnuts)
- Whole grains (brown rice, oats, barley, quinoa)
- Whole fruits (except those listed as inflammatory) especially berries and oranges
- Vegetables (except those listed as inflammatory) especially leafy green vegetables
- White meat: chicken, turkey, game
- Oily fish and seafood
- Olives and tomatoes
- Some oils, especially olive oil and walnut oil
Remember it is a combination of exceptionally good oral hygiene, hygienist therapy and control of underlying contributing factors such as diet that will give the optimal outcome for the control of periodontal disease.