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How to Prevent Receding Gums

Receding gums are most often part of the normal ageing process and would not be as damaging or uncomfortable when compared with prematurely receding gums.

What causes the gums to recede?

There can be many causes leading to receding gums and some of them would be,

*Poor oral hygiene

*Damage to the gums by means of improper brushing and flossing techniques and tools

*Formation of dental plaques

*Genetic susceptibility

*Improperly aligned teeth and jaws

*Damage to the gums due to various other elements such as ulcers and exposure to extreme temperatures.

What are the signs and symptoms of receding gums?

A patient undergoing receding gums would feel the gums to be more sensitive than usual and later on the receding gums would be visible. In a later stage, one sure sign of receding gums would be the exposure of dental roots and the feeling of being indented at the gum margin.

In certain instances, there is a possibility of other symptoms such as bleeding, swelling as well as extreme pain and sensitivity while the gums recede.

When and how to seek medical assistance?

When you first notice the gums are receding, this would be the correct time for you to seek dental assistance. Initially, you can go to your dentist and obtain his advice on how you can rectify the problem and if the gum recession is beyond your dentists control, he will refer you to a periodontist. The periodontist will make use of several treatment regimes in order to correct the recessions in the gums and to prevent further complications which could occur in such instances.

What measures can you take?

But, what is important for you and I would be the methods used in preventing recession of gums rather than methods of curing which will be taken cared by the dentist. Following are some of the preventive measures that can be taken in order to halt or else to prevent the occurrence of receding gums.

*Brushing the teeth and gums using a toothbrush with soft and bluntly ending bristles at least twice a day with each session lasting for over 1 – 2 minutes.

*Flossing the teeth at least once a day using a proper flossing technique as well as a good flossing tool.

*Avoiding formation of plaques over the gums by adhering to healthy and balanced meals at appropriate times of the day.

*Avoiding foods and beverages with extreme temperatures as it can damage the lining of the gums.

*Be vigilant about certain medications which can affect the oral health and if you are taking long term medications make sure they do not cause damage to the teeth and the gums.

*Correct the alignment of teeth by means of braces as advised by your dentist.

*Rinse the mouth with water or else an antibacterial gurgle in order to prevent plaque buildup as well as bacterial formation.

By adhering to these measures, it would be possible to prevent the gums from receding and thus avoiding many other problems which could occur in the future.