This year, you can commit to your oral health by making some changes in the way you care for your teeth. Did you know that insufficient oral care is one of the biggest causes of receding gums, or gums that pull away from teeth, leaving them over-exposed and ultra-sensitive? It’s true. Fortunately, we’ve got some tips for keeping your gums healthy — follow these steps to smile prettier (and feel healthier) in 2016!
Preventing gum recession is easy with these 4 steps
It’s not just the appearance of your smile that suffers when your gums pull away from the teeth — it’s also your oral and overall health. Keep reading and take these tips into consideration as you care for your teeth to prevent harmful gum recession.
#1: Watch the way you brush
Too many adults think a good clean means deep, hard brushing — but that’s just not the case. In fact, aggressive tooth brushing is one of the biggest risk factors for gum recession! Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush, in circular motions rather than quick side-to-side swipes for optimal cleaning and better gum health.
#2: And consider when you brush, too
Good gum health is all about your oral hygiene, and gum disease is frequently caused by insufficient brushing. Make sure you’re cleaning your teeth twice a day, brushing for two minutes each time — ideally after breakfast and before bed. And don’t skip the floss after you brush, either. It’s the only method you have of removing the food particles and bacteria your toothbrush leaves behind.
#3: Stop smoking
If you needed yet another reason to kick the habit, but preventing gum disease and recession is a big one. In fact, tobacco use (of any kind) is one of the biggest risk factors for both conditions. If you’re ready to quit but haven’t had success, you can always consult with our team of professionals for helpful stop-smoking tips.
#4: Visit West 7th smiles often
Another sure way to guarantee your the health of your gums and teeth is by staying on top of your regular six month visits to West 7th Smiles! Dr. Boyd and his team of professionals can monitor your gum health during these checkups, looking for the small signs of gum disease to catch it in its early stages — when it’s far easier to reverse. And if you are already suffering from gum recession, you can benefit from one of our wonderful treatment options. Read about these receding gum treatments in our recent blog post.
If it’s been more than six months since your last visit to West 7th Smiles, please don’t wait to schedule your appointment today! Your gums will thank you for it.