Receding gums are a huge dental issue. They can lead to cavities, gum disease and lost teeth. It is important that any gum recession is managed properly to reduce the extent and to prevent further complications. We want to work with you to help ensure your dental health, so here are three key things you need to be doing to ensure your gums are healthy.
1. Brush Properly
You should not assume that you know how to properly brush your teeth, especially if you have never been taught by a periodontist. Even you were taught as a young child, it never hurts to refresh your skills. Ask your periodontist for a quick lesson on how to properly brush and floss.
You should also be aware of what products you should use. While any floss will generally be fine to use, you should stick with only soft bristled brushes. Softer is better because it will prevent gum trauma.
2. Seek Effective Dental Care
It is important you see your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. At your checkup, your periodontist will look at your gums. This is important because it can allow for early signs of recession to be caught and managed. Your periodontist will also check your bite. An uneven bite should be adjusted because it puts unnecessary strain on the teeth and gums, which can lead to issues.
3. Identify Issues
You should also stay on top of your own gum health by paying attention. Find out if you have a genetic predisposition to gum issues, such as thin gums or receding gums. Also pay attention to signs that you might grind your teeth in your sleep, which has been linked with gum issues. Practice good habits, too, by not chewing on foreign objects.
Following these three tips can help you to keep your gums healthy or at least avoid serious issues with your gums. If you want to learn more about your gum health, contact us today.