Learn How to Prevent Gum Recession

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Posted: August 17, 2017

Gum RecessionHaving gum recession can be frustrating, aesthetically unpleasant, and detrimental to your oral health. If you have started noticing signs of gum recession, or you just want to ensure that it never develops, we have some tips that might be helpful for you to begin utilizing.

Visit the dentist.

It may sound like an obvious solution, but many people avoid visiting the dentist on a regular basis. This prevents them from realizing when they may be at risk for gum recession. When one visits a dentist for an appointment, we can notify the individual if we notice any signs of recession or gum disease. We can also direct the individual to changes that he or she needs to make to improve oral hygiene regimen. This can be invaluable information when one is trying to prevent detrimental and unsightly gum recession.

Adjust your brushing habits.

When someone uses a toothbrush that is too hard or puts too much pressure on the teeth and gums, the individual is actually weakening the oral tissues. Aggressive brushing habits may seem like a good idea to deter plaque from developing, but they are actually making the teeth and gums more vulnerable to other problems like gum recession and tooth loss. Brushing teeth with a firm, but gentle pressure and circular motion is the solution. If one uses a toothbrush with hard bristles, then he or she may also consider getting medium or soft grade bristles.

Over flossing may be the culprit.

Flossing is a wonderful habit to have, but when someone over flosses, it can end up weakening the gums. Flossing removes plaque, but people only need to floss once or twice a day. Flossing too much puts unnecessary pressure on the gums and may encourage them to recede.

It may be in your genes.

In some cases, people may inherit a predisposition for thin gums and gum recession. If this is the case, then the patient needs to definitely brush more gently, and consider having a gum graft before the gum recession becomes severe.

Biting your nails, pencils, or any other foreign objects.

If one has the habit of putting objects into his or her mouth to chew on, then there is a chance to scratch the gums without noticing. Patients with this habit need to take steps to stop since they are bad for the enamel.

Periodontal disease could be to blame.

Periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease, is the main culprit of gum recession. To avoid developing periodontal disease, practice proper oral hygiene and visit a dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Once you form these habits, you should be on the road to better oral health and less likelihood of developing gum recession. Also, keep in mind that you should visit your dentist every 3-6 months if you think your gums may already be receding. A dentist will be able to keep an eye on the amount of gum tissue you are losing. We can also perform a gum graft as needed and help with extreme cases of gum recession.