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How Can We Guard Against Gum Recession?

MANY PEOPLE HAVE the idea that gum recession is only a concern for older people (that’s where the saying “long in the tooth” came from), but it can start at any age.

Common gum recession symptoms can include:

  • Sensitivity to cold and heat.

  • Changing tooth appearance, such as when tooth appears longer and space increases between gums and teeth.

  • Bleeding after brushing or flossing.

  • Red, swollen gums.

  • Bad breath.

  • Loose teeth.

While we can’t do anything about a risk factor like genetics, there are many we can control.

1. Avoid Overbrushing

Overbrushing is a major risk factor for both enamel erosion and gum recession. Brushing too hard can damage the teeth and the gums. It’s time to ease up if it only takes a few months of using a toothbrush before all the bristles are bent outward. Overbrushing is why we recommend soft-bristled brushes. It’s also important to floss gently instead of snapping the floss directly onto the gums.

2. Fight Back Against Gum Disease

Gum disease can destroy supporting gum tissue and bone around teeth as it progresses, which is what makes it the main cause of gum recession. Dental hygiene habits and limited sugar intake are the best ways to maintain good gum health. That means (gentle) daily brushing and flossing, along with prioritizing regular dental appointments. If it's been more than 6 months since your last visit, schedule your next visit today! It's easy! You can book an appointment online or call or text (650) 871-1400.

3. Break the Bruxism Habit (or Protect Against It)

People with a bruxism habit are more likely to have gum recession, as the constant harsh friction from their teeth puts too much pressure on the gum tissue and can damage it over time. Kids are also vulnerable to many of these gum recession causes, as well as oral injuries. To protect your teeth from teeth grinding in your sleep, your dentist can create a custom night guard. Ask about it at your next visit!

If you have advanced gum recession caused by gum disease, our in-house periodontist can offer several options to restore your smile. They are also a certified provider of LANAP, the latest modern treatment for gum recession that is minimally invasive and has excellent reliable results. If you have concerns about gum recession, contact us today to learn about all the treatment options we can offer.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.



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