How To Get Healthy Gums


Gum disease will increase your risk of tooth decay and can cause you to lose those teeth.

At the very earliest onset of gum disease you may not notice any symptoms. Eventually, you may notice your gums tend to bleed when you brush your teeth or they are red and swollen. Perhaps you notice pain when you are drinking or eating. Perhaps your teeth appear to be longer as your gums are receding from the teeth. Perhaps you discover there is pus between the teeth and the gums. Any of these symptoms are signs of gum disease and a reason to consult with your dentist.

The best way to have healthy gums is to practice prevention. This means having good oral health habits and eating a decent diet.

For gum health it is important that your brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue from back to front with firm gentle strokes to remove the film which can accumulate on the tongue. You need to rinse after brushing and flossing and then use a mouthwash which may help rid your mouth of bacteria in addition to giving you fresh smelling breath.

When you brush your teeth spend approximately two minutes brushing. Use a soft bristle brush which will be more gentle on the gums. Brush using a 45 degree angle to avoid harshly rubbing the gums.

If you are unable to brush after eating you might chew some sugarless gum for a few minutes to help clean your mouth. You do not want to make chewing gum a regular habit. You might eat some aged cheese which can help remove some of the food particles and plaque from your teeth.

Smoking is bad for your health and contributes to gum disease. Other factors which may contribute to gum disease include some medications, both over the counter and prescription, which slow the making of saliva leaving the gums and teeth more prone to infections.


If there is a family history of gum disease you may be more susceptible to gum disease. This may be due to genetics or to poor oral health habits practiced by the family.

Being obese appears to be a factor in gum disease. This may be due to poor eating habits.

You may have a harder time fighting gum disease if you are under stress.

In order to maintain healthy gums and teeth you need to eat a healthy diet. Avoid sucking on hard candies, avoid sugary starchy snacks like cake, pie, candy and cookies. Avoid sugary gum. These can all put a sticky film on the teeth.

Practicing good oral hygiene and eating a healthy diet with whole grains, lean protein, dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables will help your overall health including your teeth and gums.

Taking a few minutes each day to brush, floss and rinse together with eating a well balanced diet will go a long way toward a healthy mouth.

Be sure to visit your dentist for an examination and professionaal cleaning twice a year or on the schedule the dentist sets out for you.