The gum tissue around teeth tends to recede to some degree as we age. However, excessive recession can lead to both dental health problems and cosmetic issues. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help minimize recession. There are also surgeries that can be performed to correct the problem, if necessary. Below are some tips from our Glenwood Springs dentists.
How to Prevent Receding Gums
While some gum recession is inevitable, here are some things you can do to slow its progression:
- Brush well but gently. It’s important to clean your teeth and gums regularly to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of bacteria. However, brushing too vigorously can actually damage gum tissue and increase recession. Always use a light touch when brushing and flossing.
- Use a high quality toothbrush. Brushing with a worn out or poor quality toothbrush increases the odds that you will irritate your gums. Replace your toothbrush regularly.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Be sure to visit our Glenwood Springs dentists twice a year for a cleaning and an examination.
- Wear a night guard if necessary. Clenching and grinding of the teeth, as happens with some people while they sleep, creates pressure that irritates the gums, causing them to recede. The dentist can tell you if there is evidence that you are clenching or grinding, and may suggest that you wear a night guard to help absorb the force of that activity.
- Avoid or offset acidic foods and beverages. Many of the things we eat and drink contain acid that is harmful to our teeth and gums. If you can avoid these foods and beverages (coffee, soda, etc.) that is ideal. If you can’t, you can help offset their impact by drinking water with them.
If your gums have receded to the point that it is causing oral health issues, gum surgery is an option. The traditional approach to surgery is performing a graft. However, this requires incisions, sutures and, sometimes, significant discomfort.
At Elevate, we offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This is a minimally invasive way to treat gum recession using pinholes to loosen and reposition existing gum tissue.
Helping You Maintain Strong, Healthy Gums
Keeping your gums strong and healthy is important to your overall oral health. To make an appointment with our Glenwood Springs dentists, Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden, please call 970-279-5647 or connect with us online at elevatewillits.com.
We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and the surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.