You cannot always stop gum recession in its tracks, but there are steps you can take to prevent its rapid development. Periodontal disease can be influenced by genetics and so it can feel like the disease is “out of your hands” however, early diagnosis and diligent treatment of this disease can greatly reduce its devastating effects on your oral and overall health. Seek treatment immediately. Dr. Danielle Wehle can help you prevent gum recession in San Jose, CA.
What Can I Do to Prevent Gum Recession?
If you are noticing tooth sensitivity and want to stop gum recession there are some practical steps you can take to minimize the damage of gingival recession.
Try not to clench or grind your teeth. Bruxism puts excess force on your teeth. When teeth are pressed together with excessive amounts of pressure, they “flex” against your gums causing damage to your tooth and also causing wear of your gums.
Seek treatment for crowded or crooked teeth. When teeth are rubbing against each other unnaturally or not meeting properly when chewing, proper oral hygiene is compromised traumatizing the soft tissue of your gums causing them to wear away due to bacteria and abrasion.
Use proper oral hygiene techniques. Overaggressive or improper brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear away your gum tissue. Stop gum recession by asking your hygienist at Dr. Wehle’s office to show you the proper way to brush and floss.
Wear a night guard. Ask Dr. Wehle about your options for protecting your teeth against nighttime grinding. Many times a removable appliance can be worn at night to protect your teeth and gums.
Change poor lifestyle habits. Stop using tobacco products. Remove oral piercings that are wearing away your gums due to constant friction. Seek treatment for any eating disorders. Stomach acid, as well as the acid from excessive amounts of soda, regularly washed over the gums will eat away your soft tissue.
There are steps you can take to stop gum recession. Take control of your health and seek treatment for gum recession. Call Dr. Wehle’s office to make your appointment today!