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Tips to prevent receding gums


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Gum recession is a very common dental problem that too among the adult population. It is the process in which gums begin to lower and pull back, exposing more of the tooth structure and its root. When gum recedes, pockets or gaps form between the teeth and along the gum lines.


Consequences

  1. When gums recede, disease causing bacteria can build up in these areas and cleaning can become difficult due to increased sensitivity.
  2. If left untreated the supporting tissue and bone structures surrounding the teeth can be severely damaged.
  3. If this situation continues, it may even lead to tooth loss.

Prevention

  1. Maintaining a healthy oral cavity is the most important strategy to prevent receding gums. Allowing gum disease or gingivitis to develop is one of the main causes of receding gums.

Few tips to help prevent gum disease and receding gum

  1. Regular brushing twice with a soft bristled brush and flossing.
  2. Avoid aggressive tooth brushing.
  3. Visit your dentist regularly for check-up’s and professional cleaning.
  4. Take steps to prevent or reduce teeth grinding
  5. Fix crooked teeth or a mal-aligned bite.
  6. Avoid piercing your tongue or lip, as the jewellery can rub and irritate the gums
  7. Avoid using tobacco products.
  8. Other medical reasons such as diabetes can contribute to receding gums. If you are concerned about your gums, be sure to visit us soon.

Treatment options available

  1. Scaling and Root planning
  2. Regeneration
  3. Gum grafts
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