Eating Fiber Benefits the Gums
Want a healthier smile? Have some fiber. Researchers report that older men who eat more high-fiber foods, particularly fruits, showed fewer signs of gum disease than those who eat less. Each serving of high-fiber foods—those with at least 2.5 grams of fiber per serving—was associated with a 25 percent lower risk of jawbone erosion and tooth loss. The fiber intake may increase chewing and promote saliva production, which can thwart harmful bacteria in the mouth, the researchers say. To boost fiber intake, try adding more bananas, apples, pears, oranges, broccoli, lentils, beans, and oatmeal to your diet.
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online Feb. 8, 2012