We expect to slow down in our old age, but not everyone anticipates receding gums. But there are ways to live with the onset of gum recession and still enjoy each day without complications. Understanding the challenges of receding gums is helpful in combating problems that may come up, like gum disease. Lake Forest restorative dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains gum recession and how to best deal with it.
What Gum Recession Means for You
As we get older, more of our teeth show. In fact gum recession can even reveal the roots of your teeth. This is problematic since gums typically protect teeth at that level. Gums keep food from getting between and under teeth. If food were to stick in these spaces and not be removed, they would breed bacteria, infecting the mouth beneath the gum line. Such infection leads to gum disease. But, keeping your mouth clean during this time in life can keep gum disease from setting in. Regular brushing, flossing, and appointments with your dentist help keep your mouth free of excessive bacteria.
When to Expect Gum Recession
No matter how healthy we are, gum recession is inevitable. Growing older lowers our energy level, decreasing the strength of our gums. As a result, we typically encounter receding gums as we age, but poor oral care or teeth grinding can make gums recede earlier in life. Wearing a mouthguard at night if you grind in your sleep may help keep your gums at a normal level longer. Dentists recommend using an effective toothbrush to rid your mouth of food particles. When brushing, consider less abrasive toothpastes. The less aggressive you are with your teeth preceding gum recession, the better.
Make an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Whether you want to avoid problems related to gum recession or clean growing spaces between teeth, visit our 60045 dentist office. Receding gums do complicate oral health, but a clean mouth is not impossible.
Our practice serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs