Receding Gums and How to Treat Them
As you stand there feverishly flossing in hopes to trick your dentist, you'll soon realize that they can tell you haven't flossed except for today. You hear it all the time; floss after every meal, floss two times a day. If you're like me, you probably don't floss as often as you should and also like me, probably don't notice or feel any discomfort. The truth is, you could be far worse than you realize, especially in the areas you can't see in the mirror. Receding gums in between your teeth is a direct result from lack of flossing, but there are other factors as well. Let's take a look at a few.
Why are My Gums Receding
Receding gums is the exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum tissue and/or retraction of the gingival margin from the crown of the teeth. The main causes are plaque and or trauma. Here are some of the possible contributory factors as to why your gums might be receding:
Rough Brushing and Flossing
I know you wanna get in there and kick plaque's you know what, but let's calm down for a sec. It's called 'brush your teeth' not 'maniacally scrub the enamel off'! Trust me, brushing your teeth with a "soft" brush is okay. No Scrubbing!!!
Teeth that aren't properly aligned can cause your gums to recede due to bad bite and inability to floss and brush properly. Plain and simple.
Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth
If you tend to wake up from sleeping with headaches, it's possible that you clench or grind your teeth at night. If you're not sure, ask whomever is sleeping next to you or a friend you've happened to fall asleep around. This is something your dentist should know about, as there are easy, painless treatments such as a night guard that can help solve this problem.
Injury to Gum Tissue
For all the daredevils and sports fanatics, be sure to protect your gums! I know that sounds silly, but traumatic injuries to your gums can cause them to recede. Skip being a tough jock and protect your smile.
Bad Oral Habits
If you aren't properly brushing your teeth, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash on a daily basis then your mouth is probably nasty. If you don't practice good oral habits, not only will your gums recede, but the offers for second dates will too! "Rinsing and brushing your mouth wth sea salt containing oral care products can be a very good choice" according to Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Kourosh Maddahi and founder of Oral Essentials naturally derived oral care line.
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