Gum recession is a very common dental problem, but because it develops slowly, most people do not know they have it. Gum recession is when the gum tissue around the teeth pulls away or wears down, exposing more of the tooth or root. This leads to exposed roots and “pockets” between the teeth and gum line where bacteria can easily build up and cause disease. Gum recession is one of the most common warning signs of periodontal disease. Without early gum treatment, advanced periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
A consistent oral hygiene routine is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and gums free of periodontal disease. Is it possible that your brushing habits might be contributing to your gum recession. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is one way to help. Making sure that your brushing technique is not excessively aggressive is also important.
Even with the most diligent brushing and flossing techniques, smoking can undo your efforts to prevent gum recession. Tobacco products contain ingredients that can irritate your gums. Gum inflammation can then lead to the detachment of the gums from tooth surfaces. To ensure the future health of your gums, make a commitment now to stop using all tobacco products.
Gum disease is a concern with which millions of Americans contend. Just as overly hard oral hygiene habits can lead to gum recession, so too can erratic or poor dental maintenance. To rid your teeth of the plaque that can cause gum disease, you should brush and floss at least twice a day. If you fail to do so, it can lead to the buildup of sticky bacterial acids that may irritate your gums and cause them to recede.
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Do not neglect gums. At Maple Avenue Family Dentistry, we can treat your gum recession comfortably and thoroughly, helping to preserve your beautiful smile. If you think your gums might be receding, please contact our office today (401) 237-4038. We look forward to meeting you and getting your gums back on the right track!