Gum Recession – How You Can Prevent It

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Gum recession is almost always a result of poor oral care, however, there are other reasons why it may be happening, if you do notice your gums are receding you should make a dentist appointment to find out the reason  why.

Causes Of Gum Recessions

There are many common reasons why your gums may be receding, here are a few well-known causes:

Gum Disease

Bacterial infection can cause gum disease, at first your gums will take on a variety of symptoms, these symptoms can include:

 

  • Redness
  • Puffiness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Bleeding

 

If you notice any of these symptoms, you most likely have some level of gum disease, if you allow the disease to progress it will eventually end up as periodontitis. Periodontitis is irreversible and is mainly happens when the gums have been severely affected by tartar. The dentist will preform some test to confirm if your condition is severe enough.

Hormones

During certain stages of your life, your hormones will go through a variety of changes. Women in particular can be negatively affected by this, and the changes may cause gum recession.

Genetics

If you have a history of gum recession in your family, you may be stuck with bad genetics which will cause your gums to recced.

Brushing To Hard

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing, this is especially true with brushing gums. If you consistently brush your gums to hard, you will irritate them. If they become to irritated, they are likely to recced, this can be dangerous for your teeth as your gums play a large role in defending them.

Tobacco Or Marijuana Use

Smoke and tobacco products are incredibly damaging to your oral health, prolonged use will almost inevitably result in either receding gums, or some other oral affliction, at worst, it could be oral cancer. 

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

The pressure that teeth grinding puts on your oral structures is immense. It can cause a lot of irritation to your gums which may eventually recced from it. If you notice gum recession, you may want to see if you have been grinding your teeth. People often grind their teeth without even realizing it. Your dentist will be able to tell if you have bruxism though.

Injury Or Trauma

Piercings in the mouth, or an injury to the face can cause the gums to recced. If you play a physical sport, or lift weights, you may want to consider wearing a custom mouthguard.

How To Prevent Gum Recession

Prevent Gum Disease

This should be fairly obvious, but having an optimal oral health care routine will go a long way in preventing gum disease from occurring. Brush, floss, and use mouthwash for at least two times a day. It’s also a good idea to carry floss, or a tooth brush with you in case you get something stuck in your teeth.

Perfect Your Brushing Technique

Brushing well is easy to do, you want to apply some pressure, but not a lot, and gently move the tooth brush back and forth across each tooth. Brush your gums and tongue in the same manner, just remember to be gentle. Ask your dentist what the right technique should feel like.

Eat Healthy

Try not to eat too much sugary, or acidic foods. Both of these can create harmful environments for your teeth and you could be promoting decay.

Avoid Sugary Beverages & Alcohol

Fruit juices, sodas, energy drinks, and alcohol all contain varying amounts of sugar, assuming your not drinking the diet versions. The sugar, combined with carbonation and acidic nature of these drinks can be incredibly bad for your teeth.

Tobacco & Marijuana

You should never use tobacco, or tobacco products, they are incredibly bad for your health. For marijuana, try using a smokeless alternative such as THC oil, or THC oil infused edibles and drinks. 

Avoid Teeth Grinding

Using a custom mouthguard while you sleep can keep your teeth safe from the intense pressure that bruxism will cause. You also may save your teeth from breaking as well!

Routine Checkups

Gingivitis can take weeks to fully occur, if you make an appointment the dentist can tell you what you can do to reverse it.
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