6 Foods That Help Fight Gum Disease

January 4, 2023

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Did you know that roughly half of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease? And even though it’s quite widespread, the condition can actually have some pretty serious consequences if left untreated via gum disease therapy! But luckily there are several things you can do to mitigate gum disease and even prevent it entirely—including eating a healthy diet! Here are some different foods that are notably capable of fighting gum disease and ensuring that your smile is in tiptop shape.

Salmon and Oily Fish

Salmon and other oily fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These, along with other nutrients, help your body keep inflammation to a minimum, which can either prevent gum disease from happening in the first place or fight an existing infection. They are also a good protein source essential for healing damaged gum tissue.

Grass-fed Beef and Chicken

Grass-fed beef and chicken are particularly effective in promoting gum health, as these meats are rich in nutrients like vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. Grass-fed meats are also low in unhealthy fats that contribute to gum disease.


Cacao is quite excellent for teeth because it helps to combat plaque, tooth decay, and cavities. In fact, the compounds found in cacao are generally more effective against tooth decay than fluoride! That said, if you want a beneficial cacao diet without high sugar content, consider raw chocolate of up to 70% or higher. You might also opt for lower sugar varieties, too.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, which help keep gums moist and capable of self-repair. Sweet potatoes also contain a range of antioxidants that help promote healing.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms contain compounds that help to fight bacteria and inflammation and support healthy microorganisms for a balanced oral microbiome. While more research is still needed to confirm the overall effectiveness of shiitake mushrooms for treating gum disease, there is promising evidence that they may be a helpful addition to any gum care regimen.

Green Tea

Green tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant and has been consumed by humans for centuries. Green tea contains nutrients that are capable of reducing swelling and damage to gum tissue, in addition to also promoting the growth of new gum tissue.

By making smart choices when it comes to your diet, you can actively prevent gum disease and protect your oral health and in turn, your overall health.

About the Author

Dr. James A. Moreau received his DDS from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and has an impressive 40 years of experience in dentistry. His practice in Covington is thrilled to offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services including gum disease therapy. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, you can contact Dr. Moreau through his practice’s website or over the phone for assistance: (985) 809-7645.

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