If you’ve noticed that your gums seem to be receding from your teeth or if you have been experiencing gum pain, you know that poor gum health can have a big effect on your quality of life. Gum recession is a common dental problem that many Americans have experienced. Fortunately, this condition is easy to prevent!
What Is Gum Recession?
The name of the condition is very literal: if your gums are receding from your teeth, you’re experiencing gum recession. Gum recession can be painful and can lead to further dental problems down the line, including increased gum and tooth pain and loose teeth. There are a few different reasons you might be experiencing gum recession, and all of them are treatable!
Untreated Gum Disease
If you have swollen, painful gums, or if flossing makes your gums bleed, you are probably experiencing mild gum disease. Take control of it now before it develops into gum recession!
Commit to flossing, and do so with the proper technique: visualize your floss as gently scooping between your teeth, rather than just popping the floss between your teeth and up again. Keep your gums healthy now and they’ll thank you later!
Incorrect Brushing Technique
Believe it or not, brushing your teeth incorrectly can be bad for your dental health. If you scrub your teeth too vigorously, particularly right along the gumline, you can damage the tissue and wear away your gums.
You can still have clean teeth without brushing too hard! Ease back on the pressure you use while brushing, and try brushing your teeth in small circles with the bristles angled down. This technique will keep your mouth clean and will protect your gums from toothbrush damage at the same time.
By making a few small changes to your brushing and flossing routine, you can spare yourself the difficulties of gum recession and enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come!