Published: 01/12/2018

Your gums are supposed to form a protective barrier, fitting snugly around your tooth. For people with receding gums, this is not the case. Gum recession is a condition in which periodontal tissue shrinks away, leaving more of your tooth surface exposed. This leaves your teeth vulnerable to decay, causes tooth sensitivity, and mars the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent receding gums in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Gum Recession Is Not Inevitable

Most commonly, gum disease causes gum recession, so much of your preventative measures will revolve around keeping your teeth and gums free from bacteria and plaque.

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily, for two minutes at a time. Ask your dentist or hygienist about the proper technique for brushing. Many of us have been using an ineffective brushing technique since we were children.
  2. Replace your worn out toothbrushes and toothbrush heads, when they appear frayed, after you have been sick, or a minimum of every three months.
  3. Floss every day. Flossing is the best way to keep your gums healthy and stave off periodontal disease.
  4. Avoid sugary or acidic drinks, like sodas and fruit juices. They are harmful to your tooth enamel and your gum health.
  5. Schedule regular checkups with your periodontist for prevention of receding gums in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Advanced dentistry treatments, from gum grafting to the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™), can help you restore healthy gum lines.
  6. Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth. Bruxism can be hard on your teeth and your gums. If you wake up with jaw pain or headaches, you may want to visit your periodontist.

Patients with concerns about their periodontal health can feel comfortable turning to Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley for answers. We can treat the root problem of gum disease with minimally invasive, scalpel-free laser periodontics and restore your gum lines to save your smile.

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