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4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum Recession

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Ronald Watkins
4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum RecessionGum recession is an oral health condition that results in your gums' shrinking back from their normal position around the teeth. This can expose your teeth to infections and can lead to painful tooth sensitivity. Most importantly, receding gums can affect your smile and, of course, your self-confidence.

Fortunately, you can prevent this condition. Here are four things you can do to reduce your risk of gum recession and enjoy excellent oral (and overall) health.

Stick to Daily Oral Hygiene Practices

The most important cause of gum recession is gum disease, a bacterial infection that can affect your gum's attachment to teeth. Typically, gum disease's primary cause is plaque formation, a thin bacterial film that builds up on teeth. If not addressed well in time, plaque can harden and form tartar. Only professional dental cleaning can help you get rid of tartar.

With regular oral hygiene practices, you can reduce the risk of plaque formation. Make sure you brush your teeth every day and floss regularly. Good oral hygiene practices can significantly reduce gum disease risk, which eventually minimizes the risk of gum recession.

Oral Hygiene Practices are Important But …

While brushing is critical for keeping your mouth healthy, brushing too hard or too frequently can do more harm to your gums than good. Eventually, it can lead to gum recession. It may be a good idea to scrub things nicely, but that doesn't go well with your teeth. Use a soft brush to gently clean your teeth and let your toothpaste continue to do the removal task. Make sure you don't brush your teeth more than twice a day or right after eating.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

The best way to deal with gum recession is to prevent the condition. And you can only prevent it by practicing good oral hygiene along with professional dental care at least twice a year. Even with the best hygiene practices, your gums may be susceptible to infections. Moreover, you may have inherited specific genes that cause thinner gum tissues, increasing your risk of gum diseases. When you regularly visit your dentist, you can detect the problem early and get the right treatment before the problem aggravates.

Act Immediately

If your gum disease goes undetected at your semi-annual dental checkup or you notice signs of gum diseases between your scheduled dental checkups, act immediately. Gum disease can quickly aggravate and lead to gum recession. The best way to deal with the situation is to schedule a dental appointment as soon as you notice redness, swelling, or pain in your gum or if your gums bleed after brushing.

In case you have advanced gum recession, you can still find appropriate treatments such as grafting that can help reverse the situation.

To find out more information about how to avoid damage from gum recession, call us now at (480) 504-0506 and schedule an appointment.
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