While many people worry about the appearance of their teeth, such as how white or straight they are, gum health can often get overlooked. But your gum line is just as important! Continue reading to learn more about three common causes of receding gum lines.
1. Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene can lead to the development of receding gum lines. Poor oral hygiene can mean something as little as not brushing your teeth for multiple days, not following a full oral hygiene routine, or not keeping up with important bi-annual dental visits for cleanings or exams.
A good oral hygiene routine consists of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. By doing this, you are likely to prevent disease and keep your teeth healthy. By following good oral hygiene, you will also be more aware of the appearance of your gum line.
2. Lack of Proper Brushing or Flossing
Brushing your teeth is easy. It’s so easy that there are times you can do it wrong. Not following the proper brushing or flossing technique can increase your chances of receding gum lines.
When you brush your teeth, you get rid of plaque that builds up around the gum line. But if you brush too hard, you can wear the gum line away. Brushing too hard can also irritate the gum line, which can increase the chances of inflammation and catching bacteria.
3. Development of Gum Disease
Receding gum lines often result in more exposure of the tooth or root of the tooth. When this happens, the tooth is more at risk to develop or catch bacteria. If you notice your teeth with pockets or are inflamed after brushing, you may be developing gum disease.
Normal healthy gums will look firm and pink. Poor oral hygiene, not brushing teeth properly, and aging can play a part in the development of gum disease. This is why its important to keep up with those bi-annual dental visits.
Gum Therapy at Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry
At Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry, we provide different gum treatment options because, just like your teeth, your gums are also unique. Dr. Patel and the team would be happy to help you figure out the next steps in proper care for your gums. If you have any questions regarding gum health or the services for receding gum lines offered, contact us today!
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