Gums that have pulled away from the tooth leaving its root exposed are what is referred to as receding gums. Although not a high-priority emergency, receding gums leave way for plaque to collect in the areas where it once was. This may lead to more recession and tooth loss if left untreated. Unlike other tissues, your gum tissue doesn’t regenerate therefore, receding gums don’t grow back. This condition is not a cause for alarm, and there are ways to prevent further recession.
Slow Down Receding Gums
A number of things may cause gums to recede, including brushing too hard, poor dental hygiene, and even aging. Slowing down the process is your next step to maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums. Although your gums won’t grow back, there are a few ways to prevent further gum recession.
1. Visit Your Dentist. Schedule an appointment with your dentist and they will most likely measure your gum recession to determine the next steps. Bacteria might have developed in the spaces in between the gums and teeth, so deep cleaning procedure is likely.
2. Maintain a Healthy Dental Practice. You can do this in a number of ways. These include:
- Learning how to brush your teeth softer instead of harder. Purchase a soft-bristled brush instead of a medium or hard option.
- Floss in between your teeth daily before brushing.
- Schedule a dental cleaning every six months
Practicing these steps in addition to brushing your teeth twice a day and using a mouthwash will not only prevent gum recession but other oral health problems, such as tooth decay.
If you have receding gums, there is no reason to panic as it is a common problem. But, you do want to take care of the situation as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today. He can determine the best solution for your receding gums.