The gums in your mouth are soft tissues that help to keep your teeth in place and protected. They fit snugly against the tooth enamel, making sure that bacteria and food debris don’t make their way to the roots of your teeth. But a common problem in American health is receding gums. This happens due to any combination of factors, including:
- Oral piercings
- Aggressive brushing
- Poor eating habits
- Irregular oral health care
- Medical complications
- Brushing with stiff toothbrush bristles
With gum recession, gum tissue shrinks from its normal position and root surfaces are exposed. The upper surface of teeth have a protective layer of enamel that resists abrasion and decay. The roots of your teeth, however, are primarily made of dentin, which is significantly more vulnerable. Acids from bacteria, as well as food and drinks, can make easy work of breaking down dentin and other components underneath the gums.
Preventing Gum Recession
As we get older, our gums recede to a certain extent, but it’s vital that we do not help that process along! The best thing you can do to prevent gum recession is to maintain a regular regimen of brushing your teeth two time a day for two minutes each time, as well as flossing to dislodge any stubborn bits of food or plaque. Using toothpaste with fluoride acts as a catalyst for a process called remineralization, which repairs weak points in your teeth.
It’s also important to visit the Yuba City Dentistry Group for checkups every six months, so we can get a more detailed view of your teeth and gums. If there are any areas that need special attention, we discuss options with you on how to address them. If you already have a scheduled appointment with us, good for your gums! We look forward to seeing you. If you do not have an appointment, feel free to call our office to schedule one, or use our online form. We’ll help keep your teeth protected and your gums pink and in position.