What NOT To Eat When Healing Your Unhealthy Gums [BLOG]

When harmful bacteria in your mouth gets the opportunity, it will feast on the food particles and residue left behind from your meals.

To keep that from happening, obviously, you want to keep your mouth as clean as possible, and you also need to rely on regular visits to your dentist for deep cleanings and thorough exams.

But what happens when gum disease has already begun developing?

First, you get gum disease treatment at Northwest Dental Group!

Early intervention is the way to bounce back from unhealthy gums, and with scaling and root planing, where we remove the infection from under and around your gumline and smooth the areas of your tooth roots to ward off bacteria, we can start the healing process so you can get back on track.

In the meantime, though, you might have some gum recession to deal with, and as we work to restore your gum health, you might experience some discomfort when consuming certain foods and drinks. We want to give you tips on how to avoid that!

What NOT To Eat While Your Gums Are Healing!

When it comes to your oral health, what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat, so keep these facts in mind when filling your glass or plate as you let your receding gums heal.

*Extremely Hot & Cold Foods*

Receding gums are pulling away from your teeth and exposing sensitive tooth roots, which can make extremely hot or cold foods and drinks quite painful to consume.

While swollen gums are another common symptom of gum disease, you’re not really doing yourself any favors if you rely on cold temperatures to soothe that inflammation.

When it comes to the temperature of your foods and drinks, don’t go to extremes, especially if you’re trying to heal from gum recession!


It’s no secret that sugar is public enemy number one for your dental health. Not only is it the favorite food source of bad bacteria in your mouth, but it will accelerate the spread of gum disease infection and its effects.

Limit your sugar intake as much as you can while you get your gum health back on track!

*Acidic Foods*

The acidity in your body needs balance, and the acidity in your mouth needs limits! That’s because it eats away at your teeth and creates microscopic damage on your enamel. This gives bacteria easier access to irritate your gums and generate infection.

Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple, as well as vegetables like cabbage or beets, are all pretty high in acidity. You may also want to limit certain drinks like coffee, soda, and fruit juice to minimize oral discomfort and dental damage.

Schedule An Appointment

If you’re trying to get your oral health back on track and aren’t sure about the role your daily diet should play, take advantage of our nutritional counseling services!

We can talk to you about what you’re eating, or not eating, that might be counterproductive to better oral health and make suggestions about boosting your nutrition!

Call Northwest Dental Group in Rochester, MN today at 507-216-6252 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.