Dental Tips Blog

Jun
26

Is Your Toothbrushing Causing Gum Recession?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum recession can be a real pain! It not only looks bad, but it can lead to other problems such as:

  • Cavities on tooth roots
  • Sensitivity
  • Loss of support for teeth

In some cases, recession is inevitable. Did you know that your toothbrushing technique could make a difference?

What Causes Recession

Your gums play an important role. They are part of a complex network that nourishes, supports, and protects your teeth. They help to keep your teeth clean and secure in your mouth.

Your gums are easily affected by inflammation and the presence of an object or force that stresses them.

Some examples include:

  • The rough edge on a crown or filling
  • Gum disease
  • Oral piercings
  • Braces and orthodontic appliances

Not to be forgotten is toothbrushing! That’s right, the way you brush your teeth could be irritating your gums. Brushing too aggressively can abrade the gum line and lead to recession. Using a toothbrush that’s too hard can also cause this problem.

Correcting Your Gum Recession

Unfortunately, once gums have receded, they don’t grow back. Your surest way to prevent further recession is to stop the action that’s causing it! If you experience recession on just one side of your mouth, that’s a good sign that perhaps you brush with a heavy hand in just that area. Try switching to your non-dominant hand when you brush.

Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Keep your brushing motions light and small. Ask your dental hygienist for more toothbrushing tips!

If recession is advanced, your dentist can explain to you your options for gingival grafting. Minor gum reconstruction can replace the support and protection that was lost. Call your dentist today for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

 

Most Popular

Tori, Exostosis, and Extra Bone Formation in the Mouth

A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….

Difference Between Conscious and Unconscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting.   Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…