Over time the gums around our teeth can recede. This not only looks bad, but leaves us prone to sensitive teeth that feel pain from hot or cold food. The sensitivity comes from the the roots of the teeth being exposed, so the nerve inside the tooth has no insulation from the outside. It is best to avoid this at all costs.
Our Gums can recede for a variety of reasons. Most of the time this can be avoided with some good dental habits.
– Gum infections, including Gingivitis or Periodontitis, can lead to receding gums (as well as other problems like bone loss and bleeding).
– Using a hard bristle toothbrush can lead to receding gums, as well as thin enamel on teeth. Use a soft bristle toothbrush instead.
– Brushing too hard with any brush may lead to receding gums and thin tooth enamel.
– If we brush too soon after eating we will damage the tooth enamel which has been soften by the food/drink we consume. This might lead to receding gums. Wait 30 minutes after eating before brushing.
– An injury to the mouth can lead to receding gums.
– Poorly fitting dentures can lead to receding gums, though people who need dentures already have problems wiht their teeth, so their risk is higher even without the dentures.
– Smoking increases the risk of tooth and gum problems.
– Old age and a genetic disposition. This can be reduced with good dental habits.
– Poor dental habits, bot brushing and flossing every day, greatly raises the risk of gum problems.
We can reduce the risk of receding gums by:
– Good dental habits greatly reduce the risk of dental problems like receding gums. Brush twice daily, floss once daily and use mouthwash several times per day.
– Oil pulling seems to reduce the risk of gum problems. Gargle coconut oil for a few minutes then spit into the sink.
– A diet strong in antioxidants seems to reduce the risk of receding gums. Antioxidants are found in fresh fruit and vegetables.
– Green Tea fight the bacteria that cause gum diseases. Drink green tea twice daily. Or use green tea chewing gum that is sugar free.
– Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet seem to reduce gum problems, and keep us healthy in other ways. Omega 3 is found in fish, nuts, and seeds.
Invisalign can be used to correct many (but not all) moderate tooth alignment issues without braces. This is popular with adults who do not like to wear braces.
Invisalign will not interfere with gums.
Wisdom teeth Rydalmere
Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing problems, not emerging properly, pushing other teeth out of alignment. More than half the population will need one or more wisdom teeth removed.
By removing a problem wisdom tooth we can prevent gum infections, and hence prevent gums from later on.
Good dental hygiene habits go a long way to reducing gum and tooth issues. See the dentist is you suspect you might have a problem.