5 Ways to Prevent Receding Gums

Receding gums do not just affect the appearance of your smile. If left untreated, they can lead to severe gum problems and tooth loss. Here are some ways to prevent the onset of gum recession.

Brush gently

gentle toothbrushing

Brushing your teeth too hard can harm your gums and cause gum recession. Use gentler strokes when tooth brushing to protect your gums as you clean your whole mouth.

Floss regularly

dental floss

Dental floss reaches in between the teeth and the gum line to remove tartar or plaque buildup, which can lead to gum disease.

Professional dental cleaning

dental checkups

There are times when the buildup on your teeth cannot be removed by tooth brushing or flossing alone. Regular cleanings by your dentist or hygienist will efficiently remove the buildup tartar or plaque on the space between the teeth and the gum line, preventing gum disease and gum recession.

Use a mouth guard for teeth grinding

mouth guard

Teeth grinding can cause gums to recede. Ask your dentist if a mouth guard is advisable for your condition, to prevent you upper and lower teeth from grinding against one another especially when you sleep at night.

Treat crooked teeth

dental brace

Crooked teeth can unconsciously grind against each other, and the pressure can cause the gums to recede. Consider an orthodontic treatment for a permanent solution to your crooked teeth, so you can also keep your gums safe and healthy.