Treating gum recession is something most people prefer to avoid. Like most health risks, it is easier to prevent gum recession than it is to treat or stop receding gums. Patients of Dr. John Borello can follow these simple steps to prevent receding gums in Glen Ellyn, IL:
- Brush properly
- Treat gingivitis early on
- Watch for bruxism or misalignment
Brushing (and flossing) your teeth at least twice a day can greatly reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. This means that the risk of developing gum disease and experiencing gum recession is much smaller. However, it is also important not to overdo it. Brushing too aggressively can damage the tissue and slowly cause deterioration. Brushing at two minute intervals with a soft bristled or electric toothbrush is healthy. We can review the best technique during your visit.
Gum recession only occurs during the moderate and severe stages of gum disease, when caused by this factor. Patients who treat gingivitis early on are able to stop receding gums and reverse any damage that may have occurred from the infection.
Watch For Bruxism and Misalignment
Bruxism and misalignment can often lead to functional problems with the jaw and disrupt the natural distribution of bite forces. This means that certain areas of the mouth will receive more pressure than others. As a result, the gum tissue may begin to slowly deteriorate. Getting treatment for these issues as soon as possible is the best way to stop receding gums.
In addition to these steps for preventing gum recession, maintaining regular professional cleanings and exams is also important for gum health. To learn more about how you can prevent receding gums in Glen Ellyn, IL, contact Dr. Borello and schedule your consultation today!