Healthy gums are the foundation of a great smile.  While flossing and brushing are key, new research shows that eating these five foods can help keep your gums in the pink.

A plate of cooked salmon


This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation all over the body.  A study found that people who ate the most omega-3’s slashed their risk of gingivitis.


They’re bursting with vitamin C, which builds collagen an important  component of healthy gum tissue. In fact, people who consume less than 60 milligrams of C each day (the amount in six large strawberries) are 150% more likely to develop gingivitis.

Whole-grain Bread

Whole grains contain iron and B vitamins – nutrients essential to gum health.

Green Tea

Hot or iced, this brew is brimming with anti-oxidants that kill the bacteria that lead to gum disease.  Bonus: The beverage also wipes out the germs that cause bad breath.


These nuts are rich in the antioxidant CoQ10, shown to fight gum disease.

If you want to learn how to keep your gums healthy and improve your oral health, contact our Aberdeen dental office today by calling (910) 692-4450.