If you are noticing that your teeth have become more sensitive recently, you may need treatment for gum recession. Receding gums are one of the side effects of periodontitis but some people develop gum recession because of teeth grinding habits or if they have tongue or lip piercings that are irritating the gum tissue. Still, there are several things you can do to prevent gum recession and maintain good oral health.
Preventing Gum Recession
If you are concerned about receding gums and other issues related to your oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yazbeck, general dentist as soon as possible. He will determine if you have periodontitis and provide treatment options for receding gums. Some of the things you can do to prevent gum recession include:
• Using the Right Brushing Technique - Applying too much pressure when brushing or using the wrong type of toothbrush can wear down the gums. We recommend a soft bristled or electric toothbrush.
• Stop Grinding or Clenching Habits - Grinding and clenching the teeth can wear down the gums over time.
• Getting Treatment for a Bite Misalignment - A misaligned bite or having crooked teeth can put you at risk for receding gums.
• Breaking Habits that Irritate the Gums - If you have a habit of chewing hard objects or smoke regularly, you may be at risk for damaging your gums.
• Wearing a Nightguard - Wearing a custom made nightguard can help protect the gums from recession and reduce jaw pain as well as tooth damage.
Gum recession is a serious condition, but there are several treatment options available for restoring the gum line in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Montreal. If you are concerned about receding gums or periodontitis, schedule your appointment with Dr. Yazbeck, general dentist today!