Everyone has heard about “superfoods,” such as kale or quinoa, that pack a ton of nutritional punch in literally every bite. There are also what I like to call “super minerals,” such as magnesium, that offer a variety of benefits. One of these “super minerals” that it is important to know about, and to make sure you are getting enough of, is zinc. In addition to supporting a variety of bodily processes, it is perhaps one of the best nutrients for supporting your overall oral health. Given that it helps protect your teeth, gums and inside of your mouth from a variety of diseases, as well as promote healing, it truly deserves the moniker of “super mineral.” Some may even call it the superhero of oral health!
Many dental offices are now open across the country and taking extra precautions such as temperature checks. And what better way to feel somewhat normal again than by taking care of your teeth (even though you may have to hide them behind a mask)? But the World Health Organization, (WHO), is recommending that people delay routine dental checkups.
One way to be proactive about the health of your gums is adopting a plant- based diet. A whole plant-based diet is considered an anti-inflammatory diet (as opposed to a pro-inflammatory diet). And gingivitis is caused by inflammation, which is also believed to be the root cause of many ailments.
The CDC reports that nearly half of adults in the United States, over the age of 30, have periodontal disease. That number swells to 70 percent for adults 65 and older. In those affected, bacteria triggers inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth, which can lead to loss of teeth in advanced stages of periodontitis.
If your dentist or dental hygienist has told you that you have gum disease, or that you’re at risk for developing it, you’re not alone. Various studies estimate that more than 90 percent of the U.S. population suffers from chronic, ordinary gingivitis.
It’s no secret that we have a new president at the helm who has made quite a few changes and announcements since taking office. If you’ve been watching along, by now you may be familiar with the White House’s new press secretary Sean Spicer. Amidst all the headlines, a quirky fact has re-emerged about Mr. Spicer: He chews and swallows two and a half packs of cinnamon Orbit gum by noon! It makes you wonder …
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