The Link Between Gum Health and Prebiotics

Close,Up,Shot,Of,Gum,Inflammation.,Cropped,Shot,Of,A February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, and we would like to take the time to help you look after your gum health. Did you know nearly half (46%) of Americans 30 and older exhibit signs of gum disease? Although common, periodontal issues are also highly preventable.

Today, we’re exploring the connection between prebiotics and their impact on your gums.

What Are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are compounds in certain foods that nourish your body’s microflora — that is, bacteria in your mouth and gut that contribute to good health. Most prebiotics are high in fiber, like whole grains, bananas, and soybeans.

Eating prebiotic foods can help promote greater production and activity of good bacteria, which help combat inflammation that can contribute to gum disease.

Prebiotics Are Good for Your Gums

We often hear prebiotics discussed in relation to gut health, but they can be beneficial for your oral health, too. Prebiotics can modify the microbiome (bacteria environment) in any part of the body, including your mouth.

By eating more foods proven to contain high doses of prebiotics, you can foster greater gum health and ward off the effects of disease.

Research shows that prebiotics can have wide-reaching effects on our health that translate to healthier gums, such as reducing gut inflammation and regulating blood glucose levels.

Signs of Gum Disease

Although it is more prevalent than heart disease, many people are unaware they even have gum disease. Here are some warning signs to watch out for:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitive gums
  • Red, swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Noticeable gaps between the teeth and gums

Whenever you notice a change in your gum health, it is helpful to visit your dentist. They can perform an exam to identify signs of periodontal disease and recommend an effective treatment plan.

Take Care of Your Gums

The team at Aesthetic Dentistry is always here to provide periodontal care when you need it. From preventive cleanings to gum disease treatment, you can rely on our team to care for your oral health.

You can easily schedule an appointment with us through our contact page or call our office at 512-819-9100. We proudly serve patients in Georgetown, TX, and surrounding areas.

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