DOs and DONTs for Healthy Gums

  • Do brush and floss teeth at least twice a day. Carry a hygienically protected toothbrush (in a toothbrush case) and floss with you.
  • Don't go overboard with sugared and fatty foods.
  • Do take calcium and vitamin C—both promote healthy gums. There are new supplements that are being introduced to the
    American market that will help soft tissue healing and improved health.
  • Don't stress out. Your gums are just one in a long list of parts of your body that suffer from too much stress.
  • Do get your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year— more if your gums look inflamed or if you've had significant dentistry in the past. (Restorative dentistry is especially prone to breaking down because the artificial surface is like a magnet to plaque, much more so than a natural surface.)
  • Do eat foods high in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, which fortify both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.