Novi Dentist Helps Prevent Gum Recession
Gum recession is a natural occurrence as we age and it can occur even in the healthiest of mouths. The bad news is that gum recession occurs earlier with gum disease and progresses faster. This is also true if you grind your teeth, have defective dental work done, or clean your teeth aggressively. Here are some steps from your Novi dentist you can take to help prevent further gum recession.
Brush with a Good Toothbrush
Using a brush with cheap or worn out bristles can be damaging to the teeth. Even when you brush gently, you could be scrubbing the tooth structure away. Purchase a high-quality soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every four months or sooner if you notice wear. If you use an electric toothbrush, you’ll want to replace it every 3 months instead.
It doesn’t matter how great your toothbrush is if you aren’t brushing properly. By scrubbing your teeth too hard, you can actually promote gum recession. Brush with minimal force and use an ADA recommended toothpaste.
Wear a Night Guard
For those of you that have trouble grinding your teeth at night, have the dentist make a night guard for you to wear while sleeping. This will continue to protect your gums and teeth from the devastating effects of grinding.
Avoid Acidic Drinks and Food
Acids will promote further gum recession. While enamel is slightly resistant to the acids, dentin and the roots of your teeth are not.
Drinking or eating things such as soda, lemonade or other acidic substances can cause severe damage to the tooth’s structure. If you must enjoy these foods and drinks, be sure to have some water with it.
Ward off Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of the continued recession. Brush your teeth several times a day and floss once. Taking good care of your oral regimen is imperative if you want to have a healthy mouth.
Visit the Dentist
Be sure that you head to the dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam. Your Novi dentist will be able to measure the amount of recession occurring with your gums to ensure that the gum height remains optimal. Please call our office today at (248) 624-2701, to schedule your next appointment.