5 Tips for Healthy Gums

What are some tips to keep my gums healthy?

Healthy gums begin with regular brushing and flossing

Healthy gums give your teeth a strong foundation so you can keep your whole mouth healthy. Otherwise, you may need a periodontal treatment to get your gums back to their healthy state.

The first thing we tell our patients at our dental clinic in Kelowna is that the best way of maintaining gum health is to brush regularly—at least two to three times a day. Be sure to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that’ll be gentle on your enamel.

The second tip, naturally, is to be flossing regularly as well. Flossing is the only way to get some of those hard-to-reach food particles off your gums and teeth to prevent decay. For true gum health, the third tip is to eat nutritious foods that that boost your immunity and your gum health. For example, oranges, broccoli and red peppers are high in vitamin C and will help reduce gum inflammation.

Be sure to also choose foods that’ll scrub your gums as you chew. Apples, strawberries, carrots and celery for example, act like natural toothbrushes. Last, keep sugar at bay.

Dr. Visscher earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California. His passion for dentistry and helping others has taken him to many countries in South and Central America, Haiti, and India to mention a few.  He is past President of Kelowna District Dental Society and is the current president of New Reality International Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing physical, emotional and spiritual healing to those suffering from extreme poverty, disease and injustice worldwide.

Dr. Visscher currently practices at the Okanagan Smiles Dental Clinic in Kelowna, British Columbia.