Many people suffer from gum recession, it’s sometimes associated with gum disease. Don’t underestimate these symptoms, because they are warning you that there’s a problem with your oral health. While it is unfortunate that there isn’t much you can do to reverse the effects of gum recession, there are several things you can do to prevent your gums from recessing even more.
The following list includes a few ways to help you manage gum recession and improve your oral health:
- Visit your dentist much more often. If you’re not seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a routine checkup and cleaning, then it’s time to change that. According to experts, it is recommend that you visit your dentist twice a year, but for those who already have gum recession may have to visit more frequently because gum recession is a system of the more severe types of gum disease.
- Practice improved oral hygiene at home. Although, practicing “good” oral hygiene should be enough, the fact that you are suffering from gum recession typically means that you haven’t been taking proper care of your mouth. So, be sure to make it a point to brush at least twice a day, and to floss at least once.
- Brush and floss the correct way. In the case where you are taking “extra” care of your teeth to the point that you’ve ended up damaging you gums, you may want to take it down a notch on the effort and brush a little less hard. Furthermore, you can try using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Rinse with a mouthwash. Whether you’re using water mixed with hydrogen peroxide, water mixed with essential oils or an over-the-counter product, it’s important to rinse after with mouthwash as it helps rid bacteria and plaque buildup. Mouthwash gets any leftover particles brushing and flossing missed.
- Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Vitamin C, which can be found in fruits and vegetables, can reduces inflammation resulting from gum disease and helps promote gum regeneration. Furthermore, Vitamin C also helps increase your immune system, making it a great ideas to eat more fruits and veggies containing Vitamin C.
- Stop Smoking. It’s commonly known that smoking increase your risk for gum disease. If you’re already suffering from gum recession, you can help make you condition much more manageable by quitting.
- Stay away from sugar. Bacteria and plaque in your mouth builds up naturally, and if you’re snacking on anything with a lot of sugar it will dramatically increase its growth. By cutting down your sugar consumption, you can prevent unnecessary bacteria and plaque buildup, while also improving your overall health.
- Drink a lot of water. Drinking water helps rinse away any leftover food partials that may have been trapped in between your teeth and gums after eating. Drinking water can help increase saliva production, which can also help remove leftover food debris.
By following the tips listed above you’ll find your gum recession slowly improving, as well as you overall health. If you would like more information regarding gum recession, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com to learn more about receding gums.