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Foods to avoid if you have gingivitis to keep your gums healthy

If your gums are red, swollen, or bleed a little when you brush, you might have gingivitis. While it sounds intimidating, it’s a mild gum condition that can get serious if you don’t tackle it. You’ve probably heard that good brushing and flossing can help, but did you know that what you munch on can also make a huge difference? Here’s a low-down on foods you should steer clear of if you want your gums to be as fit as a fiddle. 

The Sugar Trap 

Sugar is like a best mate to the bacteria in your mouth, but a worst enemy to your gums. These bacteria feast on sugar and then produce acid that can leave your gums irritated and inflamed. 

  • Off Your List Should Go: 
  • That extra slice of cake 
  • Fizzy drinks 
  • Breakfast cereals loaded with sugar 
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Be Cautious 

Acidic foods might tantalize your taste buds but they’re not great for your teeth or gums. The acid can erode your enamel and irritate already sensitive gums. 

Best to Skip: 

  • Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits 
  • Anything with a tonne of vinegar 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Stickiness Isn’t a Virtue Here 

Some foods stick around your teeth like they’ve got nowhere else to be. They get wedged between your teeth and gums and become a paradise for bacteria. 

Better to Pass On: 

  • Sticky dried fruits like raisins 
  • Hard candies that take ages to dissolve 
  • Popcorn kernels 
  • The Sneaky Carbs 

You wouldn’t think that your innocent slice of white bread could do any harm, right? Wrong. Refined carbs turn into sugar super quickly, fuelling bacteria and inflammation. 

Just Say No to: 

  • White bread and rolls 
  • Crackers and chips 
  • Booze: A Dry Spell for Your Mouth 

Alcoholic drinks can dry out your mouth, and a dry mouth is like a VIP lounge for bacteria. Less saliva means less cleaning, which isn’t good for your gums. 

Best to Dodge: 

  • Beer, especially sugary cocktails 
  • Wines that are high in sugar 
  • Any strong spirits 

Wrapping It Up 

When it comes to gingivitis, you need all the assistance you can get to maintain your gums in good shape. Your nutritional choices have a significant impact, so think carefully before getting your favourite sugary treat. Contact Shine Dental Care for more information.

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