5 Ways To Improve Gum Health

5 Ways To Improve Gum Health

Parents strive to provide the best care for their children, ensuring their well-being in every aspect of life. When it comes to their health, dental care plays a crucial role in maintaining not only a bright and beautiful smile but also overall wellness. One essential aspect of dental health that often goes unnoticed is gum health. Healthy gums are the foundation of a strong and vibrant smile, and they contribute to the overall health of our mouths.

In this article, we will explore five effective ways to improve gum health and explain why it matters for your family’s dental needs. 

Brushing Techniques for Healthy Gums

Proper brushing techniques are fundamental for maintaining healthy gums. Teaching your child the right way to brush not only promotes gum health but also establishes good oral hygiene habits that will benefit them throughout their lives.

 Let’s explore some effective brushing techniques.

Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste

When it comes to toothbrushes, opt for a soft-bristled brush with a small head that can easily reach all areas of the mouth. Pair it with fluoride toothpaste that is age-appropriate for your child. 

Brushing gently and thoroughly, focusing on the gum line

Encourage your child to brush gently in circular motions, paying special attention to the gumline where plaque tends to accumulate. This helps remove plaque and food particles that can lead to gum disease. Remember, vigorous brushing can harm the gums, so remind your child to brush with a gentle touch.

Time dedication and frequency of brushing

Ensure that your child brushes their teeth for a full two minutes, twice a day. Set a timer or use a toothbrush with a built-in timer to help them track the duration. It’s also important to emphasize the importance of consistency, making brushing a daily routine that becomes second nature. By following these brushing techniques, you can promote gum health and prevent gum disease in your child. Remember to lead by example and brush your teeth alongside them, making it a fun and interactive activity. Creating a positive association with oral care will encourage your child to maintain good brushing habits throughout their life.

The Power of Flossing

While brushing is essential, it’s important to recognize that toothbrushes can’t reach all the nooks and crannies between teeth. This is where flossing comes in. Flossing is a powerful tool for maintaining healthy gums by removing plaque and food particles that brushing alone might miss. 

Let’s explore the benefits and techniques of proper flossing.

The Role of Flossing in gum health

Flossing helps prevent gum disease by removing plaque buildup from between the teeth and along the gumline. When plaque is not effectively removed, it can harden into tartar, leading to gum inflammation and potential gum disease. Regular flossing can keep your child’s gums healthy and reduce the risk of oral health issues.

Benefits of flossing

Emphasize the advantages of flossing, such as preventing cavities, reducing bad breath, and promoting gum health. By removing plaque and debris from between the teeth, flossing helps maintain a clean and healthy oral environment.

Using the correct flossing technique

Guide your child on the proper flossing technique. Start by using a piece of floss around 18 inches long. Encourage them to wrap the floss around their middle fingers, leaving a small section to work with. Gently guide the floss between each tooth, curving it around the tooth in a C shape. Slide the floss up and down, ensuring it reaches below the gumline. Repeat this process for each tooth, using a clean section of floss each time.

Flossing frequency and consistency

Encourage your child to floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, to remove any food particles and plaque that may have accumulated throughout the day. Consistency is key, so make flossing a daily habit to maintain optimal gum health. To make flossing more enjoyable for kids, consider using colourful floss picks or floss holders designed for children. You can also introduce kid-friendly flavours of floss to make the experience more pleasant. With practice and encouragement, flossing will become an essential part of their oral hygiene routine.

Nourishing Foods for Healthy Gums

While brushing is essential, it’s important to recognize that toothbrushes can’t reach all the nooks and crannies between teeth. Maintaining a well-balanced diet not only supports overall health but also significantly promotes gum health. The nutrients we consume impact the strength and resilience of our gums. Let’s explore some nourishing foods that can contribute to healthy gums.

Fruits and vegetables

Encourage your child to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables, as they are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, in particular, is crucial for gum health as it helps prevent gum disease and supports tissue repair. Include citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, bell peppers, broccoli, and leafy greens in their diet.

Dairy products

Calcium and vitamin D are essential for maintaining strong teeth and gums. Incorporate dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt into your child’s diet. If your child has dietary restrictions or is lactose intolerant, explore alternative sources of calcium and vitamin D, such as fortified plant-based milk and leafy green vegetables.


Staying hydrated is vital for overall health, including gum health. Water helps rinse away food particles and stimulates saliva production, which helps protect the gums and teeth. Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day instead of sugary beverages that can contribute to dental issues.

Nutrient-rich snacks

Replace sugary snacks with healthier alternatives. Offer your child snacks like crunchy fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. These options not only provide essential nutrients but also stimulate saliva production and help remove plaque from teeth. By incorporating these gum-friendly foods into your child’s diet, you can support their overall oral health and contribute to stronger, healthier gums.

Regular Dental Checkups and Professional Cleanings

While proper oral hygiene practices at home are vital, regular dental checkups and professional cleanings play a crucial role in maintaining optimal gum health. 

Let’s explore why these routine visits are essential and how they contribute to healthy gums.

Stress the significance of regular dental visits for gum health

Regular dental checkups allow for early detection and prevention of gum disease. During these visits, a dental professional will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums, checking for any signs of inflammation, gum recession, or other oral health issues. Catching problems early enables prompt treatment, preventing them from progressing into more severe conditions.

Importance of professional cleanings in preventing gum disease

Even with diligent brushing and flossing, plaque can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas. Over time, this plaque hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed through regular brushing alone. Professional cleanings performed by dental hygienists effectively remove tartar, reducing the risk of gum disease and promoting healthy gums.

Benefits of early detection and Intervention

Regular dental visits allow for the early detection of any underlying dental issues that may affect gum health. By identifying problems such as tooth decay, misalignment, or bite issues early on, appropriate measures can be taken to address them, preventing potential gum complications. By making regular dental checkups a priority for your child, you are investing in their long-term oral health. These visits not only contribute to healthy gums but also foster a positive attitude towards dental care, instilling a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.

Dental Hygiene Products for Optimal Gum Health:

In addition to regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, utilizing the right dental hygiene products can significantly contribute to optimal gum health. 

Let’s explore the importance of selecting the appropriate tools for your child’s dental needs.

Mouthwash and dental rinses

Mouthwash can be a valuable addition to your child’s oral hygiene routine, especially if they are at an age where they can effectively rinse without swallowing. Look for antimicrobial mouthwashes that can help reduce bacteria in the mouth and prevent gum disease. Fluoride mouthwashes are also beneficial as they strengthen tooth enamel and protect against tooth decay. 

Interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are small, narrow brushes designed to clean the spaces between teeth and along the gumline. They can be particularly useful for children who have braces or other orthodontic appliances. These brushes effectively remove plaque and debris from hard-to-reach areas, promoting gum health and preventing gum disease. 

Tongue cleaners

While often overlooked, cleaning the tongue is essential for maintaining overall oral health. The tongue harbours bacteria that can contribute to bad breath and gum problems. Tongue cleaners are simple tools designed to remove bacteria and debris from the surface of the tongue. Encourage your child to incorporate tongue cleaning into their daily routine for fresher breath and improved gum health. By utilizing the right dental hygiene products, you empower your child to maintain good oral hygiene habits, effectively removing plaque and bacteria and promoting healthy gums.

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Dr. Amanda Huminicki

BScDent, MScDent, DMD
I love working with children, which is why I have so much fun as a pediatric dentist. I taught children dance lessons while in school, and knew that I wanted to keep working with kids as a dentist. I’m lucky to have the privilege of laughing and sharing joy with my patients, and I enjoy watching them grow up into amazing young adults. I find it so rewarding to be part of a fantastic team that helps kids learn about their oral health and have a positive experience at the dentist.


  • Bachelor of Science degree (Dentistry), University of Manitoba
  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree, University of Manitoba
  • Masters of Science degree (Dentistry), University of Manitoba

Continuing Education

I enjoy keeping current in the field of pediatric dentistry and getting together with colleagues to learn and share experiences. I attend many courses and conferences each year and am a member of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • York Region Dental Society

In the Practice

I’m so fortunate to work with a fantastic group of people at KDG! The entire team is so caring and dedicated to providing the best possible care to our patients, and we have a lot of fun together at work. It’s a joy to work closely with such talented and knowledgeable people who also have incredibly kind hearts. Our patients and their families are so much fun to interact with, and there’s always a positive and upbeat feeling in the clinic.

Family and Community

I recently moved to Toronto from Winnipeg with my husband and am really enjoying getting to know my new community. The city is so exciting and I’m having fun exploring Toronto and all the amazing communities nearby. I enjoy staying active, and can usually be found running, at spin class, doing yoga, or walking outside on a nice day. I also love spending time with my family and friends, and try to see them as much as possible.

Dr. Krista Lee

BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
I am enthusiastic and passionate about what I do and I feel very lucky to be an orthodontist. I get to meet new people every day in the office, and I always learn a lot about them. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive way.Because I see my patients every month for a couple of years, I really get a chance to get to know them, watching the young ones grow and mature. It makes me the happiest when a patient comes in and is excited be here and wants to share good news with me, like graduating, getting straight A’s, or their first goal at a soccer game. They know that I’m interested in them, I care, and I am proud of their accomplishments.

I appreciate that they are willing to let me help them with their smiles, and that they are willing to do their part, too. It’s a team effort because the orthodontist, the patient, the family, and the staff all have to work together to create beautiful smiles!


  • Bachelors of Science, University of Western Ontario
  • Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
  • General Practice Residency, University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital
  • Orthodontic Specialty, New York University in Manhattan
  • Board Eligible for the American Board of Orthodontists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Continuing Education

During my time at New York University, I was an instructor for the Invisalign® course for dental students, and the orthodontic course for the dental honors students. I’ve learned so much during my education and enjoy sharing this knowledge with my patients and staff.

I’ve also published research in the American Journal of Orthodontics, Journal of Canadian Dentistry, and Oral Health. Our profession is moving toward evidenced-based practices and I think it’s very important to help support this.

While practicing as a general dentist, I had the opportunity to provide dental care to the First Nations’ population in the Northwest Territories, Northern Manitoba, and the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC. I also had the opportunity to provide dental outreach to children’s hospitals and orphanages in Vietnam and Cambodia, which was very rewarding. Locally, LA Orthodontics is proud to support the Sick Kids Foundation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association for Orthodontics
  • American Association for Orthodontics
  • Northeastern Society for Orthodontics

Family and Community

I grew up in Vancouver, BC, and am very excited to be part of the Stouffville community! We have recently joined the Whitchurch-Stouffville Chamber of Commerce and I have met many great people and everyone has been very welcoming. My family in Vancouver includes my parents, younger brother and sister, and my older brother in Singapore. All of us are very close and get along well. In my spare time, I enjoy ballet, travel, cooking, and snorkeling.

Dr. Edina Heder

MScDent., DMD, Cert. Pedo.
I love kids. They are fun-loving and you can joke around with them all day long. That’s why I find my work in pediatric dentistry so rewarding. I get to spend time with some of the brightest, most fun people in the world, helping them stay healthy and develop good habits for a lifetime of wellness.


Before becoming a dentist, I attained the following education:

  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree, University of Manitoba
  • Clinical Director of the Undergraduate Pediatric Dentistry, University of Manitoba
  • Pediatric Dentistry Certificate and Masters Degree in Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Continuing Education

I maintain memberships with several professional organizations that ensure I stay informed about the latest technology and techniques in my field. I belong to the following associations:

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • York Region Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

In the Practice

I am proud to be a part of this practice and to associate with so many excellent professionals. I have a strong sense of home here, which is very important to me. My family moved from Bosnia when I was a child and we settled in Winnipeg where I grew up. After earning my DMD degree, I practiced and taught there before going to New Jersey to specialize. I moved to Ontario after graduating from the pediatric program to become a part of the LA team. I love the variety of my work and how friendly the atmosphere at the office is every day. It not only makes my job as nice as it is, it also helps provide a great atmosphere for my patients. Having a positive experience at the dentist as a child can make a big difference in person’s lifelong outlook on oral health.

Family and Community

My husband and I live in Gormley, Ontario where we are happy to raise our very active children. The kids keep us busy with a variety of activities, including gymnastics at Pulsars and swimming in Stouffville. I enjoy all of the time I get to spend at home and in my community with my family.

Dr. Zhemeng Wang

DDS, Cert. Pedo.
First and foremost, I love children. They inspire me every day to have more fun and to be more energetic, creative, and optimistic. I am very lucky that, as a pediatric dentist, my job gives me the opportunity to interact with kids all day long, and to help them with their oral health and overall health.


  • Bachelor’s degree, McGill University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, University of Western Ontario
  • Advanced Training in Pediatric Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry

Continuing Education

I greatly value the importance of keeping up with the latest advances in my field. Throughout the year, I attend several conferences and continuing education courses offered by my professional associations, which include:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Chinese Canadian Dental Society

In the Practice

I truly believe that I work at one of the finest teams in the field of oral health. It is wonderful to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply for patients and works to provide the best treatment setting possible. I am confident that my patients will be comfortable in this practice and committed in providing a great experience at each visit.

Family and Community

I really love Toronto and all the opportunities it provides. I am proud of my work with the Chinese Canadian Dental Society, of which I am a past president, as well as the educational sessions I have conducted at several schools in Richmond Hill and Markham. In my leisure time, I like to be with family and friends, whether it’s catching a movie or exploring one of Toronto’s excellent restaurants. I stay fit by running and practicing yoga. I also like to travel when I get the chance.

Dr. Anthony Antoniazzi

BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
I feel very privileged to be an orthodontist, because my profession has truly changed the way people smile. Orthodontics can have a positive impact on self-esteem and it is amazing to see the changes it can have on an individual’s self-confidence. I truly feel as though I have the greatest job in the world, and I enjoy coming to work every day. Because our practice treats both children and adults, we are very fortunate to meet many different people and build personal and professional relationships with them. Not only can we help our patients, but we can also learn from them.

We have a strong, team approach at the office, hopefully making every treatment more efficient and enjoyable. My team and I have the experience and knowledge required to create beautiful smiles, and, best of all, we love what we do! My profession allows me to give back to the community, and to give confidence through a new smile!


  • Bachelor of Science Degree – Laurentian University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Western Ontario
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Orthodontic Specialty – Jacksonville University, Florida
  • Board Eligible for the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Continuing Education

I have been exposed to a wide variety of continuing education courses which have helped mold the way I practice orthodontics. We believe in an evidence-based approach when employing new techniques in our practice. Not only do we take into consideration the dental literature and doctors’ experience and expertise, but we also truly value patients’ input.

As a part of my continuing education, I dedicated a full year to focusing on crown and bridge and implant dentistry. As many complex orthodontic cases require an interdisciplinary-approach, it is helpful to have this background and understanding when I am planning treatment and communicating with the dentists of our patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association of Orthodontics
  • Progressive Orthodontist Study Group

Family and Community

I am originally from Kirkland Lake and really enjoy the similarities I have found here in Stouffville. Everyone is warm and friendly, and even though it’s a big city, it has the charm and feeling of a small town! My parents still live up north and own a pharmacy in Kirkland Lake, and I have two older sisters and four really fun nephews! In my spare time, I enjoy golf, fishing, hockey, live music, and doing anything outdoors.

I am new to the Stouffville area but in the past I have been active in my community through coaching youth sports, especially hockey, baseball, and volleyball. I also volunteer for the Christmas Wish Foundation and Meals on Wheels. I understand the importance of being a community-minded citizen and I am excited to become an active member of the Stouffville community!