Three Tips for Healthy Gums

You want a beautiful and healthy smile and FDA is here to help! We know you do your best to keep your teeth clean, but don’t forget about caring for your gums. Your gums play a vital role in the overall health of your mouth and your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults and can contribute to a whole host of health issues such as diabetes and heart conditions. Some early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums and bad breath. So what can you do to keep your gums healthy and your smile sparkling? Read on for our top three tips for healthy gums!

Brush your teeth AND your gums!

Of course you brush your teeth! But your gums need a little love from your toothbrush, too! Next time you brush, give your gums a massage. Simply hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and move it in gentle, circular motions along your entire gum line. This technique will not only help you get into more nooks and crannies where pesky food bits and bacteria can hide, but you’ll also boost blood circulation which helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your gum tissue. If you need a demonstration, ask Alex, Diann, Erin, Jean, Kelly, or Lydianne at your next appointment. Our team of caring hygienists love helping patients!

Eat a healthy diet!

What you eat can have a big impact on your oral health which is why eating a healthy diet is so important. For optimal gum health, find foods high in Omega-3s like nuts and fish, which are anti-inflammatory. Eating lots of crunchy fruits and vegetables will help stimulate your gums as you chew, and bell peppers are a particularly great choice due to their high vitamin C content. Yogurt, with its calcium, protein, and probiotics is another food to include in your gum-healthy diet. The probiotics help create a healthy environment in your mouth where cavity-causing bacteria won’t thrive, protecting your gums as well.


For healthy gums and a healthy mouth, you simply must floss at least once a day. When you floss regularly, you clean the bacteria from between your teeth that, when left behind, can cause cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease. If traditional dental floss is difficult for you to use, experiment with floss alternatives. We like to recommend a water flosser or products like Go-Betweens or Plackers.’ We know this is a tricky habit for patients to stick with, so find a routine that works for you and stick with it!

Keep up the good work of keeping your gums healthy! Remember, coming in for regular checkups and cleanings is another way you can care for your gums. If you have questions about your gum health or need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 207.781.5900. We’re your partner in oral health!