Many people rely on herbs and spices to add flavor to meals without additional fat and sodium. There are more benefits to spices than just adding a kick. Herbs and spices, either fresh or dry, have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Certain spices have even been shown to help with the inflammation and recession of gums that go along with gum disease. Your Richardson dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, will highlight some of the spices that might help your dental and overall health.
Various Spices and How they Help Your Health
- Cinnamon – Can you believe that there are actually 100 varieties of this fall favorite? Known for adding spice to apple and pumpkin pies, and a host of other comforting baked goods, cinnamon has been shown to reduce the blood sugar of diabetics, lower cholesterol, and add additional dietary fiber and iron to our bodies.
- Ginger – Often combined with cinnamon, ginger can ease nausea, thin the blood (similar to aspirin) to reduce pain, and is a great source of potassium. One teaspoon of ginger holds the antioxidant equivalent of a whole cup of spinach.
- Paprika – Paprika is a less spicy form of chili powder, and can increase metabolism and enhance fat burning. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have the potential to lower risk of various cancers, including oral cancer.
Herbs and Spices that Combat Gum Disease
Are your gums a little puffy? Gingivitis is the beginning phase of gum disease, and you should see your dentist if you are having problems with your gums. Good oral hygiene and regular cleanings are the general preventive measures for gum disease. However, there are some herbal remedies that certainly can’t hurt, and might even surprise you with results. Green tea is a soothing warm beverage perfect to battle a fall chill, but can also combat the bad bacteria in your mouth. Tea tree oil was tested in Australia and shown to reduce dental plaque and inflammation. Finally, goldenseal can spice up your soups and stews, at the same time that it combats bacteria in your mouth.
Dental Checkups in Richardson
If you are experiencing any dental issues, or you are in need of a dental checkup, you can contact our Dallas dentist office at (214) 337-7800, or our Richardson dentist office at (972)437-6000. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.