Would you like to learn how to have healthier gums?
Keeping your gums healthy is an important aspect of taking good care of your oral health. Unfortunately, many focus on the teeth and neglect the gums, but the teeth and gums are inextricably linked, and the health of one powerfully affects the health of the other.
Keep reading to learn the basics of how to keep your gums healthy and strong.
Why keeping your gums healthy is so important
Why, exactly, is keeping your gums healthy so important? If you need some motivation to stay on top of your gum health, here it is.
Healthy gums and teeth equal fresh breath. By the same token, having unhealthy gums can result in chronic bad breath, which is of course neither pleasant for you or anyone else.
Avoiding gum disease
A key reason for maintaining good oral health, including healthy gums, is to keep periodontal disease (gum disease) from developing.
Avoiding tooth decay and tooth loss
Weak or infected gums can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.
Keeping your gums clean daily is important, to prevent food particles and other debris from being able to fester, which can contribute to eroding your tooth enamel. Your teeth are at particular risk if you develop advanced periodontitis (severe gum disease), which drastically weakens the gums and is the leading cause of loose teeth, which can lead to the teeth eventually falling out.
Keeping your mouth healthy is vital for your overall health. Many don’t realise just how much gum health impacts the rest of your mouth and body.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean is important, as oral health problems such as tooth infections and advanced gum disease can leads to other severe health problems, including whole body infections and heart disease. In the worst case scenario, poor oral health can be fatal.
The ideal diet for healthy gums
Poor nutrition is a key reason why many have weak and unhealthy gums. If you want strong, healthy gums, eating right is absolutely necessary.
Here are some of the most important vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep your gums healthy.
Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables including broccoli, citrus fruits (oranges, lemon, limes), tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi fruits and capsicum.
Vitamin C serves many important functions within the body, including keeping your connective tissues, including your gums, strong and in good health.
Vitamin is found in oil fish, egg yolks, capsicum, carrots and pumpkin.
Vitamin A helps keep both your teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of gum disease, so make sure you either get enough Vitamin A through your diet or take it as a supplement.
Nuts encourage healthy teeth and gums. They’re among the healthiest snacks you can find, as they contain no added sugar, e-numbers or other additives. They’re rich in healthy fats and other nutrients that strengthen the body’s tissues, including the gums.
Whole grains should be a cornerstone of any healthy diet. Not only are whole grains good for your digestive system and your immune system, they also promote gum health and help prevent gum disease.
If you are avoiding tea altogether out of fear of tea staining your teeth, this bit of information may surprise you. As it turns out, drinking both black and green tea helps prevent bad bacteria from growing in your mouth.
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important in and of itself, but sipping enough water throughout the day also helps flus away any food particles or debris that may otherwise fester along your gum line or between your teeth.
Keeping your gums clean is vital to gum health
Eating right is half of the work done, but the other half of the answer to keeping your gums strong and healthy lies in cleaning them right and with sufficient frequency.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes at a time. What many fail to mention is hat you should also, gently, brush your gums and tongue when you are cleaning your teeth.
You never want to be too abrasive when you brush your gums, as this could wear on them. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle, circular motions. You should also aim to floss between your teeth once a day, ideally just before brushing your teeth in the evening.
See your dentist regularly for check-ups
Stay on top of your dental checkups. Even when nothing appears to be wrong with your teeth or oral health, you should still attend checkups every six months.
Your dentist will able to spot any early gum disease symptoms and advice you on how to reverse and prevent gum disease or tooth decay from getting worse.
Get professional dental cleanings every six months
Getting regular dental cleanings is important if you want to really stay on top of your oral health and hygiene.
Professional dental cleaning is deep cleaning of your teeth a gums using specialised instruments and is usually performed by a dental hygienist, or by your dentist.
Frequently asked questions
Can you restore healthy gums?
Yes, you absolutely can.
If your gums are in very poor condition to start off with, you may need a little help from your dentist or dental hygienist to get on top of your gum health, before you’ll be able to stay on top of your gum health yourself.
If you have gum disease, this will have to be treated first, usually through a combination of professional gum line cleaning and antibiotics. Once your gums are no longer red, swollen or infected, eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as well as cleaning your teeth properly every day is what it takes to maintain healthy gums.
Can gums be strengthened?
Yes, there are many things you can do to strengthen your gums.
The key to maintaining healthy gums boils down to two things – practicing good oral hygiene and eating a healthy diet.
One of the most important things you can do to make your gums stronger and prevent gum disease is make sure you are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, including plenty of Vitamin A and C. Cleaning your teeth and gums twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and dental floss is also important.