If you have healthy gums, your whole mouth is likely healthy. You can prevent gum disease by using a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash.
Another thing that promotes healthy gums is drinking water throughout the day rather than soda or other sugary drinks such as juices or sports drinks.
Not only do these drinks contain more sugar than necessary, but they also aren’t very good for your overall health either because they lack any nutritional value whatsoever (at least compared to drinking plain old water).
Drinking water throughout the day helps flush out toxins from inside your body while also promoting hydration which helps keep everything working properly like it should be doing anyways!
Gums are an important part of your overall health. They help support your teeth and if they become unhealthy, this can lead to painful and expensive problems. I wrote this article about what healthy gums look like that you may find helpful.
Flossing is important for a healthy mouth.
Floss at least once per day, but ideally twice. If you need assistance flossing, ask your dentist or hygienist for a recommendation on an alternative method to traditional string floss.
Brush two times a day
Brushing your teeth twice a day is an important part of good dental care. It’s good to brush in the morning and before bed, but you can also brush more often if you feel like it’s needed. In addition to brushing, flossing is also important.
The American Dental Association recommends that people floss once a day at least and that they brush until they feel their teeth are clean after eating or drinking something sugary.
Brush with fluoride toothpaste: People should use a soft-bristled brush that has been approved by the ADA for sensitive gums and teeth. They should also make sure to use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children under age 3 as too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, which causes discolored spots on the teeth due to excess exposure to fluoride (FRC).
Don’t forget about flossing! Flossing removes food particles from between your teeth where even brushing may not reach completely (ADA).
Use an electric toothbrush
One of the best ways to promote healthy gums is by using an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual ones because they can reach areas of your mouth that a manual brush cannot.
This allows you to get full coverage with each brushing, which helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and other problems with your gums.
You should also use an electric toothbrush if you have braces or implants in your mouth so that you don’t damage them with the bristles of your manual brush.
Smoking causes gum disease to develop faster and more intensely than it would otherwise. Smoking contributes to the breakdown of the immune system’s ability to fight off infections, which leads to gingivitis and periodontitis.
Smokers are also more likely than non-smokers to have gum recession and receding gums, which means they’re at a higher risk of developing pockets underneath their teeth that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Smoking also makes it harder for your body’s tissues (including your gums) to heal after an injury because nicotine reduces blood flow within the body while increasing heart rate and breathing rates.
This is bad news for anyone who has experienced trauma or injury in their mouth or jaw area due to smoking.
As if all these reasons weren’t enough for you not to want to smoke anymore, there’s one more: smoking can damage the blood vessels in our mouths! These blood vessels help us keep our mouths clean by supplying oxygenated blood with nutrients like vitamin C from outside sources like fruits & veggies or supplements like Emergen-C packets too!
Eat nutritious foods
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Don’t eat too many sweets or foods high in sugar.
- Drink plenty of water each day.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco products because they can cause gum disease (periodontal disease).
Limit snacking on sugary foods and beverages between meals.
Avoid snacking on sugary foods and beverages between meals. This includes candy, gum, fruit juice, and other sweetened foods. Sugar can cause cavities and tooth decay if it comes into contact with your teeth for some time.
Sugary drinks can also lead to tooth decay when they are consumed frequently over time. Eating too much sugar may also increase your risk of developing gum disease or bad breath (halitosis).
See your dentist regularly for preventive care, including dental X-rays.
Seeing your dentist regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They will be able to give you personalized advice based on their knowledge of your individual health history and needs, including what kind of dental care is right for you.
Your dentist may recommend a variety of preventive treatments, depending on their assessment of your oral health status at each visit. For example:
- A dental exam—is a visual inspection by the dentist that focuses on all aspects of the mouth, from teeth and gums to soft tissues such as the tongue, lips, and cheeks
- X-rays or other imaging tests (such as CT scans) if they are needed
Rinse your mouth with mouthwash
With the proper use of mouthwash, you can have healthier gums. However, it’s important to remember that mouthwash should not be used as a substitute for brushing or flossing. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends rinsing with an ADA-accepted fluoride-containing mouth rinse for one minute twice per day: after brushing and flossing.
Avoid using products that contain alcohol since they can dry out your gums and increase your risk of developing sensitive teeth—both of which are known to cause gum disease. Some over-the-counter (OTC) products may also contain additional ingredients that could irritate sensitive skin or allergies.
Use a mouth guard when you play sports
Wearing a mouth guard shields the teeth and prevents injury.
Athletes in contact sports like basketball, football, and hockey commonly use mouthguards. They aid individuals with sleep apnea, snoring, or the need for dental appliances to secure teeth during dental treatments.
Mouth guards of various sizes and shapes ensure a well-fitting and comfortable experience during daily activities like sleeping or eating. They use three main materials: plastic (including thermoplastics), rubber/latex, and acrylics (similar to durable plastic).
Personal preference primarily determines the chosen type, although some offer specific benefits based on required protection.
Make sure any dentures fit properly
Ensure proper fit of dentures and adjust them if needed. Ill-fitting dentures can cause gum problems, such as inflammation and bleeding. This applies especially to older patients with significant bone loss and those whose gums shrink with age.
If you experience denture issues or poor fit, consult your doctor for adjustments or replacement with a more comfortable and healthy set of teeth. Clean your dentures daily using a specialized toothbrush, not a regular one.
A healthy smile means healthy gums!
A healthy smile boosts your confidence and well-being, making you feel good about yourself. Keep your teeth clean, white, and cavity-free. Healthy gums shield your tooth roots from infection and disease. They reduce dental visits!
I had receding gums, and it was starting to affect my smile.
That’s why I also wrote about how I healed my receding gums in this article which I’m sure you will find helpful.
If you want to keep your gums healthy, we recommend following these tips.
Early-age flossing education is vital for both children and adults as it is crucial for gum health. Consider using mouthwash nightly or ensuring your dentist takes X-rays to diagnose potential issues like infections.