5 Ways You Are Causing Your Gums to Recede
There are many Redondo Beach residents who have gum recession, but unfortunately, they don’t even know it. That’s because gum recession happens gradually over time and the symptoms may not be that noticeable. However, gum recession is not something you want to ignore. Our doctors at Redondo Beach Dental Group are all experts in periodontics, and they can diagnose receding gums before they lead to larger problems, such as tooth loss. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common ways you may be causing your gums to recede.
1. Poor Dental Care
Everyone in Redondo Beach knows that good dental care is important to their overall health. After all, from an early age we’ve been taught to brush twice a day, floss twice a day, and use mouthwash at least once a day. Failing to follow these simple steps each day can lead to gum recession, as well as gingivitis, gum disease, and other health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
2. Gum Disease
Gum disease is a widespread problem in America. It starts as a seemingly harmless dental condition called gingivitis, which is something that many residents in Redondo Beach don’t believe to be a big deal, or worth treating. Unfortunately, when gingivitis is not addressed, gum disease is waiting in the wings, ready to attack. And when it does, it can cause gum recession. So, if your dentist has told you that you are suffering from gingivitis, don’t ignore him – treat it.
3. Clenching or Grinding the Teeth
Another common problem our doctors see in periodontics is the frequency of their patients to clench their jaw or grind their teeth – specifically in their sleep. Clenching and grinding the teeth is medically known as bruxism, and when Redondo Beach men and women do this on a regular basis, their tooth enamel can weaken, and their teeth can become loose. These loose teeth open up pockets along the gum line where bacteria can grow and eventually cause gums to recede. The good news is that our doctors can prescribe several solutions to help prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth. Treatment could include a mouth guard, massages, therapy and avoiding caffeine.
4. Brushing Too Hard
It may be hard to believe, but you can, in fact, harm your gum line by brushing your teeth too hard. You may think you’re giving your pearly whites a nice, deep cleaning, but instead, you could be damaging your tooth enamel and gums. Our hygienists enjoy educating our patients on all things related to home care. We always recommend using a soft toothbrush otherwise you could be left with receding gums.
5. Your Genetics
It’s a commonly overlooked aspect of periodontics, but a patient’s genetics has a lot to do with gum recession and whether or not they will likely experience it. Regardless of how well you take care of your teeth, some Redondo Beach patients may be more susceptible to dental problems, such as gum disease, which can lead gum recession. If one of your family members suffers from severe dental problems, be sure you see one of our doctors regularly so that they can catch any dental problems you may inherit early.
Call Redondo Beach Dental Group Today
If you’re curious to find more and learn if you may be suffering from receding gums, give one of our doctors a call today at Redondo Beach Dental Group. Our wonderful team is here to answer any questions you may have, and they can schedule you an appointment with one of our doctors quickly.
Contact our Redondo Beach office at (310) 542-6988 today!