10 Tips to Minimize Gum Recession at Home
Hi, I’m dr. Joe Namath, I’m a periodontist, in Southfield Michigan and I want to talk a little bit today about gum recession now I do a lot of gum recession correction a lot of gum recession treatment a lot of people would like to know what they can do to prevent or minimize gum recession so let’s talk about some of the things.
First of all let’s talk about the tooth, brushing I think a manual toothbrush is better to use than an electric toothbrush I think you can control it better and it tends not to traumatize the tissue as much as an electric toothbrush can now when you’re using a manual toothbrush do not hold it with your fist because that means you’re probably going to be scrubbing hold it with the fingertips and just carefully and gently brush and when you brush.
Brush it down on the upper teeth and up on the lower teeth as opposed to going back and forth which again can contribute to recession also you want to use a soft toothbrush this is a soft toothbrush they now have ultra-soft toothbrushes like this and this is a bit more expensive but the bristles are extremely soft and I’ve used them myself and even though it doesn’t really feel like it they do a very very good job of cleaning if one does use an electric toothbrush hold the electric toothbrush like this between your fingertips so you’re not going to put a lot of pressure on with the electric brush if you’re using one I think a manual brush is better because I do think it can be controlled better
Other things that can contribute to recession are smoking or vaping because vaping smoking you’re exposing the tissue to nicotine what does nicotine do it causes the constriction of the blood vessels that go to the gum tissue and when that gum tissue doesn’t get an adequate blood supply it’s much more likely to recede because it’s not being nourished properly so avoid vaping
Avoid smoking exposure to nicotine particularly if you’re concerned about gum recession now once gum recession starts it tends to progress you can do things to minimize its progression but it does have a tendency to progress throughout time unless some action is taken to prevent it and when we do something like that here where we build up the gum tissue thickens it and cover the roots to stop slow down the progress of that gum recession because when the gum recedes the bone receipts along with it and it’s very important not to lose that gum so that you don’t lose that bone well what else can you do to minimize gum recession you still need to keep your teeth clean in between the teeth which means flossing or interdental stimulators which I actually prefer to the flossing also
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Let’s talk a little bit about orthodontics or braces very often orthodontics is necessary but most of the patients that I see that have recession have had braces or orthodontics sometime in the past and sometimes that recession may occur a year five ten-twenty years after the orthodontics is removed but it just seems as though those that tissue is more predisposed to recession after orthodontic treatment so at any rate if you are careful you can maybe avoid gum recession don’t traumatize your tissue
If you have gum recession take some of the measures I talked about to minimize Gum Recession for the progression of it or if it’s severe and continuing to progress give us a call because we use the pinhole treatment mainly to treat gum recession preventing bone loss preventing for the gum recession and covering the roots as much as possible so keep your mouth healthy you’ll be healthier have a great day restore your smile and your health visit dr. Nemeth calm to schedule your visit dr. Nemeth calm to schedule your appointment today.