How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

This is a partnered post with Sunstar. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a teen I binged on soda and sweets. While I was enjoying the good ‘ole days, I didn’t think about the affect it would have on my teeth and gums later in life. Now as an adult, I’m paying for those years drinking sodas with the stains on my teeth. As a parent of three, I take great pride in their teeth. My husband and I still brush the two younger children’s teeth because we want to ensure that it’s getting done right. But overall oral care goes beyond the teeth to the gums. I’m taking this learning time with my children to ensure that they know how to keep your gums healthy.

Good oral care goes beyond the teeth. Learn how to keep your gums healthy for perfect oral care.

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Learning how to keep your gums healthy is about knowing what to do and actually following through. These five things should keep your mouth in tip-top shape for years to come.

Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste. Brushing your teeth morning and night is an essential part of good oral care. Contrary to what some people think, brushing too hard is not the best way to clean your teeth and remove plaque. My dentist told me that the best way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums and move gently it in a circular motion. Hold on to the toothbrush like a pencil so you won’t be tempted to brush too hard. Make sure you change your toothbrush every three months.

Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Simply brushing your teeth is not enough. Flossing goes where your toothbrush bristles can’t and gets those food particles that get stuck between the teeth. In addition to string floss, there are other between the teeth cleaning options such as picks, threaders and brushes.

Cut back on sugar. Avoid sugary foods, as much as you can. The acid in sugars and carbonated beverages dissolves your tooth enamel. When sugar meets bacteria in the mouth, you get oral plaque. Plaque then leads to sensitive, bleeding gums, tooth decay and those dreaded cavities.

Drink lots of water. Not only does water help you stay hydrated, it also helps to keep your teeth white. The more water you drink, the more bacteria you flush off your teeth and out of your mouth. Less bacteria in your mouth means less risk of gum disease, fewer cavities and fresher breath. No one wants bad breath, right?

Visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning. This should go without saying, but it’s so important to visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.

Good oral care goes beyond the teeth. Learn how to keep your gums healthy for perfect oral care.

Surprisingly, half of Americans 30 and older have gum disease. The main cause of gum inflammation is an accumulation of dental plaque, which can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, tooth sensitivity and pain. I’ve teamed up with Sunstar GUM, a leader in oral health care, to bring an awareness to the #YourGumsMatter campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to bring attention to ways adults and children can best protect their gums from disease by teaching the importance of gum health, how common gum diseases are, and how to prevent them.

Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Gum disease changes the appearance of your mouth and weakens support for your teeth. It causes pain, red swollen gums, bleeding and/or loose teeth. Gum disease can also be linked to diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Your gums matter! Take care of them.

Good oral care goes beyond the teeth. Learn how to keep your gums healthy for perfect oral care.

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36 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Gums Healthy”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Those are awesome tips. I try to instill all of these things into my kids so that they learn healthy habits from the start!

  2. Wendy says:

    Some great tips here! My teeth are terrible, so I am sure to take extra care of my kids teeth

  3. Jeanine says:

    Awesome tips! Oral hygiene is so important! My teeth are not good so I have been extra sure to make sure my kids get the job done!

  4. Julie says:

    Great tips! I’m always amazed at what a new toothbrush can do, and I’m trying really hard to instill good oral hygiene habits with my boys.

  5. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says:

    Everytime I see those portable flossers I mean to put some in my purse. They really work and my extended family uses them.

  6. Debra says:

    I’m so horrible at flossing…but I know I need to do it more and show my kids good oral hygiene. I’ll have to give these a go.

  7. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I knew drinking water was good for you, but I had no idea it could actually help your mouth and teeth. Very interesting.

  8. Jeannette says:

    These are all such good tips! I used to think that if I brushed daily I was all good but now I know that good oral care consists of so much more!

  9. Diane says:

    I need to try some of these, gum health is so important!

  10. Allison says:

    I’m absolutely obsessed with those floss picks, they really get the job done! I agree about the sugar, it’s so hard to cut back whenever it is found in absolutely everything, though we strive for less sugar everyday.

  11. Katie says:

    I wish I would have known some of this stuff sooner. My dentist wants me to come in for a full scaling to the tune of $1500 this summer!!

  12. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says:

    Wow, I was one of those who mostly just brushed and mouthwashed. Good tips, thanks!

  13. Theresa says:

    I am so strict with my girls on their oral hygiene habits. Tooth pain is some of the worst, and I don’t ever want them to have to experience it. Keeping good hygiene habits is so important!

  14. Debbie Denny says:

    Very good advice. Keeping them healthy is so important.

  15. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says:

    Yep, your gums really DO matter! My husband uses those flossers and I use the bristle brushes. I need to pick up more of both! My kids are still learning how to care for their teeth, so they brush and then we brush so they can see and feel what they need to do.

  16. LydiaF says:

    The flossing tools were a game changer for me. I floss regularly now because of them.

  17. Pam says:

    Gu problems in my family. I do everything I can to keep them healthy.

  18. Dawn McAlexander says:

    A lot of people think I am crazy, but I love my trips to the dentist. I love the fresh, clean feeling I get when I leave the chair and my teeth are clean! I especially love it when he tells me I have zero cavities!

  19. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy says:

    Oral care is so important! I love those fuzzy gum picks. I discovered them when my daughter was in braces, and I started using them myself.

  20. Jennifer Medeiros says:

    Great information. I know someone who is getting surgery on their gums in the near future. Scary.

  21. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says:

    I didn’t worry about my gums until this year, aging has taken a toll! I’m good with the teeth brushing, but I love these other tips!

  22. Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs) says:

    Drinking lots of water is really important. That’s something I’ve been working on.

  23. Scott says:

    We use these already in our house. We forget to do it every day, but the picks are so much easier to use than regular floss.

  24. Melanie S. says:

    Thanks for the great tips. It’s definitely time for me to schedule each of us an appointment with the dentist.

  25. Valerie Remy-Milora says:

    I have to pay a lot more attention to gum health these days. One of the things I was never taught as a child is to floss. So I don’t do it regularly even now… Working on it though because I don’t want to deal with any form of gum disease!

  26. Debi says:

    My teeth and gums are so bad. I need these tips.

  27. Chrystal @ YUM eating says:

    I have some of those GUM bristles I carry them in a container in my purse, too. They really help with those tough places.

  28. Kiwi says:

    Ive always wanted to used those little britles! I usually carry the travel flosses but I need to carry more!

  29. Ashley says:

    I use those flossers all the time. Super convenient and I think they’re way easier to use.

  30. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says:

    Thanks Goodness I inherited my Dad’s Super Healthy Teeth and Gums! I also like apple cider vinegar rinses and sometimes brushing with baking soda alone as it’s like an exfoliant for teeth and it’s very whitening!

  31. Melissa says:

    Such great tips! I’ve noticed cutting back on sugar has helped.

  32. Shell says:

    I need to get some of those picks. They really are easy to use.

  33. Debra says:

    Such good tips! Oral hygiene is so important!

  34. Ronni says:

    I’d love a do-over of all the things I skipped as a kid. My teeth would be super happy! I’m a bit over a hover parent with the kids now.

  35. Christie says:

    Oral care is so important for your overall health! Thanks for the great reminders!

  36. Tracey says:

    These are great tools. I definitely don’t floss as often as I should.

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