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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


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