Receding gums occur when the gums and bones in the mouth begin to move away from the teeth. Gums do naturally recede with age, which is why many people think that there’s really no way to stop receding gums from occurring. Truth is gums may recede for a number of reasons, including overaggressive brushing, inadequate brushing and flossing, tooth grinding (bruxism) and gum disease.
Left untreated, receding gums expose tooth roots, which can be painful and cause sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Exposed roots are also prone to develop tooth decay, eventually leading to tooth loss and gum disease.
How to prevent receding gums? Reduce plaque buildup, practice good oral hygiene habits, brush at least twice a day and floss once a day, brush right, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and use mild-to-moderate pressure, brush in a small circular or short back and forth motions, consider a night guard, grinding or teeth clenching can cause gums to recede.
Ask your dentist if a night guard might help you prevent receding gums and see your dentist twice a year- regular dental visits allow a dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy and stop receding gums at the first sign of a problem.