Tips to prevent receding gums

By 12/02/2020 No Comments

Happy woman smiling. How to prevent receding gumsGum recession is a common dental problem. It is the process in which gums begin to recede and pull back, exposing more of the tooth and its root. When this happens, pockets or gaps form between the teeth and along the gum line.

Consequences of receding gums

When gums recede, disease-causing bacteria can build up in these areas and cleaning can be more difficult due to increased sensitivity.

If left untreated the supporting tissue and bone structures surrounding the teeth can be severely damaged. If this situation continues, it may lead to tooth loss.

How to prevent receding gums

Maintaining a healthy mouth is the most important strategy to prevent receding gums. Allowing gum disease or gingivitis to develop is one of the main causes of receding gums. Below are a few tips to help prevent gum disease and receding gums:

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Avoid aggressive tooth brushing
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleaning
  • Take steps to prevent or reduce teeth grinding
  • Fix crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Avoid piercing your tongue or lip, as the jewelry can rub and irritate the gums
  • Avoid using tobacco products

Other medical reasons can contribute to receding gums. If you are concerned about your gums, be sure to visit your dentist soon. Your dentist can help heal and prevent further gum recession.

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