Burnaby Dentists on Guarding Against Gum Recession
May 5, 2014
Oral Health News
Sedation Dental Group
As we discussed in our previous blog post, there are a variety of reasons why someone might be subject to gum recession apart from genetic reasons.
Our Burnaby Dentists offer ways to safeguard against gum recession and want to further discuss and cover concerns regarding gum recession.
As we mentioned, rigorous tooth brushing can wreak havoc on the sensitive lining of your gums, and cause it to scratch, or even get cut accidentally but hard bristles.
You do not need to brush your teeth “hard” in order for them to be clean, you simply need to brush in the manner our Burnaby Dentists can instruct you of, and follow your teeth brushing up with regular flossing.
You gum line is often where most of your plaque will sit, so be conscious of cleaning that with a downward stroke with your soft bristled brush as well.
Trauma to Your Tooth/Teeth
We often think of our teeth as “strong as nails”, but they can break under intense pressure and from chewing on a variety of hard objects.
A lot of people nervously chew on items such as pens or pencils throughout the day, and with one slip of the pen …you could end up with quite a severe cut to your gums.
Keep objects away from your mouth in order to maintain the health of your teeth as well as your gums.
Clenching/Grinding Your Teeth
Stress can be a huge factor in why we grind or clench our jaw at night while we sleep. Being aware that you are doing this is the first step in solving this problem. Talk to your Burnaby dentist to uncover ways to prevent this …they will be happy to help.
Whether you have traditional braces or Invisalign, your teeth are in the process of shifting.As such, you will possibly be stretching your gums and altering your bone structure as well.If the bone and gum tissue covering these teeth is thin to begin with, then there is a risk that pushing the teeth further will result in the bone and gums becoming even thinner, or even absent to some degree.
Your dental professional will advise you of if you need gum grafting in this case, which we will discuss in our next blog post.