National Gumbo Day is Oct.12. Now’s the time to head out to your favorite cajun restaurant and get a big bowl full of gumbo. An assortment of seafood is a popular in gumbo with a signature roux sauce, then served over rice. Doesn’t that make your mouth water? Not only is this dish very tasty and comforting, the various seafood components such as shrimp and fish are also great for your overall and oral health. We would like to honor this flavorfully zesty dish by sharing just how seafood is good for your teeth.
Seafoods like shrimp and fish are loaded with proteins, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are natural anti-inflammatories. This natural defense against inflammation in the body also serves against inflammation of the gums. Research has shown that people with a diet that included omega-3s are 30% less likely to develop gum disease. Studies also revealed omega-3s have antibacterial properties, which can help slow down infection or even inhibit the growth of oral pathogens before infection begins. A few healthy servings of seafood each week is all it takes to get all of the natural and healthy benefits for your body and teeth.
The foods you eat can have a dramatic effect on your oral health. Omega-3s are known to help keep our smiles disease-free, but keeping up with regular dental checkups and maintaining diligent home care routine are also vital in keeping your smile bright and healthy. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (727) 349-3615 for your next dental checkup and cleaning. We look forward to helping you maintain your bright and healthy smile.
Don’t forget to get your gumbo…
It not only improves your smile, but it make you want to smile even more!
More nutritional facts: Omega-3 Content in Seafood