If you have been diagnosed with or are at a high risk of developing gum disease, you must take steps to protect your oral health. Gum surgery may be necessary when your gums have receded to a certain degree, but there are several things you can do to prevent gum recession from occurring. Using the right brushing technique, breaking habits that irritate the gum tissue, and getting treatment for gum disease at the right time will help protect your gums.
How to Prevent Receding Gums
If you are worried about receding gums and other problems associated with gum disease, Dr. Macaulay can provide several recommendations for managing oral health problems effectively. Things you can do to prevent gum recession include:
• Using the right brushing technique - If you are using too much pressure or a medium or hard bristled toothbrush, you may be at risk for gum disease.
• Breaking habits of grinding or clenching teeth - Many people grind and clench their teeth. Such habits can place excess pressure on the gums, leading to recession.
• Seeking treatment for misalignment - A misaligned bite can put pressure on some areas of the mouth, also contributing to recession.
• Avoiding habits that irritate gum tissue - If you smoke, chew tobacco, or have a habit of chewing on hard objects, you may be wearing down the gums.
• Wearing a nightguard - Protect your teeth and gums from strain and stress by wearing a nightguard.
Learn more about gum surgery procedures and gum recession treatment options and whether or not you may benefit from these procedures in Valencia, CA. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Macaulay today!