Dental Tips Blog

Oct
19

What Do Your Gums Say About Your Tooth Brushing Technique?

Posted in Receding Gums

The way you brush your teeth matters and your gums may reveal just how well you brush.

The Correct Way to Brush Your Teeth

To brush your teeth properly, aim your toothbrush bristles towards the gum line at about a 45-degree angle. Then, jiggle the bristles back and forth in short strokes. This will loosen plaque and food debris that get lodged right at the gum line.

Use very light pressure; your gums shouldn’t turn white from pressing on them too hard. Spend a full two minutes on your brushing: about one minute on the upper teeth and one minute on the lower teeth.

Signs in Your Gums That You Aren’t Brushing Properly

Your dentist can likely tell just by looking at your gums whether or not you brush your teeth correctly.

For example, puffy swollen gums indicate that there is plaque left on your teeth near the gum line. This plaque triggers gum swelling and bleeding. So, a puffed gum line indicates that you’re either:

  • Not accessing the gum line when you brush,
  • Not brushing long enough to clean your teeth and gums, or
  • Not brushing often enough to prevent plaque buildup from irritating your gums.

Receding gums is another tell-tale sign of bad brushing. Scrubbing your teeth with too much pressure irritates delicate gum tissue and makes it shrink away from tooth roots. If you have lots of gum recession, that may mean that you need to use a lighter hand when brushing.

Regular tooth brushing with the right technique is essential for healthy teeth and gums.

Visit a family dentist near you to see what else you can learn from your gum tissues.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Aug
4

Is Gum Recession Destroying Your Smile?

Posted in Receding Gums

Gum recession is when the gums around your teeth gradually shrink away. This leaves the sensitive and dark yellow tooth roots exposed to food, air, and bacteria. Gum recession both looks and feels bad.

Gums Are Invaluable to Your Smile

Your gums prevent cavities from developing on tooth roots. They also form part of a network that helps nourish, anchor, and cushion your teeth in their sockets. Losing gums is an early step towards tooth loss.

How Gum Recession Happens

Receding gums can be a natural part of the aging process, especially if it runs in your family. Quite often, however, it’s due to irritation such as rough tooth brushing or pinching from a partial denture. It can also be the result of swelling from gum disease.

Do You Have Gum Recession?

Your gums might be receding if you notice:

  • Teeth getting longer and yellower
  • Tooth sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Puffy sore gums

Gum Recession Is Preventable!

Unfortunately, once your gums are lost they’re gone for good. They don’t grow back on their own. The good news is that you can usually do something to slow down or stop receding gums.

Start by making the switch to a toothbrush with soft bristles. Powered toothbrushes are also good for preventing gum recession. Try brushing with your non-dominant hand so that you use a little less pressure.

Ask your dentist to check your teeth to see if changes to your dental appliances or tooth alignment can stop gum recession. Your dentist may also recommend therapies for restoring lost gums or protecting the exposed tooth roots.

Call a general dentist in your area to learn more about saving your smile from gum recession.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Sep
12

Why Are Your Gums Receding?

Posted in Receding Gums

Receding gums are usually marked by:

  • Long yellow tooth roots showing
  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • More cavities along the gumlines

Gum recession happens slowly over time. Since you may not notice any of the signs listed above until it’s too late, however, it may seem like your gums shrunk away overnight.

What causes gums to recede?

Aggressively Brushing Your Teeth

Scrubbing at your gums too harshly or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can literally scrub your gums right off your teeth. Switching to a softer or powered toothbrush can help you be more gentle on your gums.

Poor Tooth Alignment

Crooked teeth put a strain on your gum’s elasticity. The constant pressure of biting on a tilted tooth will only push the gums further away. Putting the tooth back in line with orthodontic treatment may help prevent additional recession.

Plaque and Tartar

If plaque is left near the gums too long, it can trigger the swelling and shrinkage associated with periodontitis. Hardened dental plaque (tartar or calculus) is a mechanical irritant to delicate gum tissue.

Dental Appliances

Wearing anything else in your mouth on a regular basis has the potential to cause gum recession. Ill-fitting partial dentures, retainers, braces, mouth guards, and even oral piercings can chafe at the gum line.

Gum Disease

Inflamed and swollen gums are very taut and can pull away from the crowns of teeth, leading to tooth loss.

These are just a few of many potential causes of gum recession. If you notice your gums shrinking away from your teeth, then don’t wait any longer to get help. Visit your local dentist to identify possible causes and prevent more damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Feb
11

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Recession and Long Teeth

Posted in Receding Gums

Long teeth are associated with things like lack of dental care or villains on horror movies. But the unfortunate reality is that many people are prone to getting longer teeth as they age.

How can you avoid the appearance of having long teeth due to a shrinking gum line?

  1. Use a softer toothbrush.

Brushing too aggressively and/or with a coarse toothbrush is a fast way to irritate your gingiva and make them shrink back. Switch to a brush with softer bristles for gentler brushing.

  1. Floss daily.

Gum disease is what causes inflammation that makes gum infected, eventually causing them to pull away from teeth. Flossing removes bacteria that causes periodontal infections. So floss every day if you want to save your smile!

  1. Irrigate your gums.

A gentle stream of water pressure can be very therapeutic for gum tissue, especially if you have trouble flossing. Water irrigators or water flossers are perfect for boosting your oral hygiene routine at home.

  1. De-stress!

Gum recession can occur in some areas as a result of teeth grinding. By addressing a teeth-clenching habit, you may slow down or even stop gum recession. Stress is often to blame for the habit, so try some relaxation techniques to soothe away the tension.

  1. See your dentist.

Your dentist is the best source of personalized advice for avoiding gum recession. He or she will keep a record of your gum measurements to watch for signs that your gums are receding.

If you have some areas where long yellow tooth roots are showing already, then your dentist will also have some tips for restoring the area.

Call your dentist today to learn more about options like gum re-contouring, gum grafting and periodontal therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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