Healthy Gums, Healthy Smiles | Millbrae Dentist

We often think of our smiles as just our teeth, so when we are looking after our smiles, we focus solely on keeping our pearly whites looking bright and shiny, leaving lots of areas to go overlooked. We need to understand that our gums are keeping our teeth in place so making sure they stay healthy is very important. In order to keep our gums healthy, we not only need to practice proper dental hygiene, we also need to keep a healthy diet as well.

By eating properly, you are not only providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to your entire body, but also your gums and teeth. Foods like grapes, blue crab and black tea prepared with tap water are some of the highest in fluoride, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

Conversely, there are also certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Here are some tips to keep in mind for healthy gums:

Brush often. Whenever you eat, you are leaving behind plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth, so make sure to brush often and well.

Floss. It is best to floss 2-3 times a day in order to get rid of bacteria trapped between your teeth.

Use mouthwash. Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, it also helps get rid of bacteria so it is beneficial when combined with brushing or flossing.

To learn more about gum disease prevention, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

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