What Promotes Healthy Gums

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If you are looking for a way to promote healthy gums, the first thing that comes to mind is flossing. While this is not necessarily a bad idea, there are other things you can do as well.

If you have healthy gums, it’s likely that your whole mouth is healthy. You can prevent gum disease by using a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing daily and rinsing with a 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. 

Floss or clean between teeth daily.

Flossing is important for a healthy mouth.

If you have trouble flossing, use dental floss or interdental cleaners that can be used between the teeth.

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-size 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.

Don’t smoke.

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 rate. 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 want 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 a period of 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—a visual inspection by the dentist that focuses on all aspects of the mouth, from teeth and gums to soft tissues such as tongue, lips and cheeks
  • X-rays or other imaging tests (such as CT scans) if they are needed

Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to control plaque and bacteria in your mouth that can lead to gingivitis.

With the proper use of a 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 mouthrinse 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.

A mouth guard is a device worn over the teeth to help protect against injury. Mouth guards are typically used by athletes participating in contact sports such as basketball, football and hockey. They can also be helpful to people who suffer from sleep apnea and snore while they sleep or need a dental appliance that keeps their teeth in place as they work on restoring them with dental implants or other procedures. Even if you aren’t an athlete, a mouth guard may still be right for you if you grind your teeth at night or have loose fillings that could potentially fall out while brushing your teeth or chewing food.

Mouth guards come in all different sizes and shapes so there’s sure to be one that fits well and feels comfortable when worn during regular daily activities such as sleeping or eating meals. There are three main types of materials used: plastic (including thermoplastics), rubber/latex, acrylics (which is like “plastic” but more durable). The type chosen depends largely on personal preference although some do offer specific benefits depending on what kind of protection needed

Make sure any dentures fit properly and get them adjusted if necessary.

  • Make sure any dentures fit properly and get them adjusted if necessary. Dentures that are too loose can cause gum problems, including inflammation and bleeding. This is especially true for older patients who have lost a significant amount of bone mass as well as for those whose gums shrink with age. If you’re having trouble with your dentures or they don’t fit right, talk to your doctor about getting them adjusted or replaced by another set of teeth that will be more comfortable and healthy for you.
  • Be sure to clean your dentures daily using a toothbrush specifically designed for them (not a regular toothbrush). The bristles on these brushes are softer than those on regular brushes so they won’t scratch the plastic surface of the appliance, which could lead to infection or damage it over time if not cared for carefully.

A healthy smile means healthy gums!

A healthy smile is important for your overall health and well-being, as it can give you confidence and make you feel good about yourself. Your teeth should be clean, white and free of cavities. In addition to having healthy teeth, you should also have healthy gums because they help protect the roots of your teeth from infection and disease. Healthy gums mean less frequent visits to the dentist!

  • Healthy gums are firm but not hard; they don’t bleed easily or excessively when brushed or flossed, nor do they feel spongy or soft (these are signs of periodontal disease).
  • Healthy gums should not have any redness or irritation around them (this is usually caused by plaque buildup). If this happens during brushing after meals or snacks we recommend using an antiseptic mouthwash like Listerine for 10 seconds before rinsing thoroughly with water again (don’t swallow!). This will kill 99% of bacteria in just one minute flat!
  • We recommend brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste; flossing once per day between each mealtime; eating a balanced diet rich in fruits/veggies/grains/protein sources along with lots of water throughout day – these simple things can make all difference between having beautiful smile now vs later down road when it comes time replace missing teeth due such things like decay/rotting root structure etc…


I had receding gums, and it was starting to affect my smile. I was embarrassed by how my teeth looked, but I knew I had to do something about it. That’s why I also wrote about how I healed my receding gums in this aricle that I’m sure you will find helpful.

If you want to keep your gums healthy, we recommend following these tips. Flossing is the most important thing you can do for your gums, and it’s something that both children and adults should be taught how to do at an early age. You may also want to consider using a mouthwash every night before bedtime or making sure that your dentist has taken X-rays of your teeth so they can help diagnose any problems when they arise—like if there is an infection present!


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