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What Are Receding Gums?

Sometimes, your gums can push back or even wear away, which exposes the tissue that covers the roots of your teeth. This tissue is very sensitive and could wear away itself, leaving your roots totally exposed. This in turn puts the tooth at risk of decay or painful infections, which could lead to the loss of the tooth. The recession could have symptoms that signal the problem, such as sensitivity, pain, or gums that are swollen or bright red or purple. By addressing receding gums early on, you can avoid these painful and costly issues.

 

Can Electric Toothbrushes Prevent Gum Recession?

We all know that it’s important to brush our teeth every day. This is a fact that has been drilled into our heads since kindergarten. But did you know that different types of toothbrushes are best equipped for different types of dental issues?  An electric toothbrush is better for gums that are at risk of receding or have already begun the process. This is because when you use a manual toothbrush, you automatically use more force. This can trigger recession and create gaps between teeth and gum lines.

There are certain electric toothbrushes that are better than others. Here are the top five:

  1. Philips Sonicare HX6631/02 3 Series Gum Health Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
  2. GUM 516 Technique Sensitive Care Electric Toothbrush
  3. Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
  4. Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush
  5. Radius Scuba Soft Bristles Electric Toothbrush

 

Receding Gums Treatment

When brushing isn’t enough, there are treatments that can help you deal with receding gums before you risk losing a tooth. One of the most effective is scaling and root planing. This procedure is painless and might involve more than one appointment if you have multiple sites of recession. This allows you to heal before the next appointment. Other treatments might include composites, gum veneers, orthodontics, and surgical grafts.

 

Excel Dental Can Help You Prevent and Treat Receding Gums

Excel Dental in Battle Ground, Washington, provides excellent care for many dental issues, including receding gums. We can also treat gum disease, perform cosmetic periodontal surgery, lengthen crowns, and provide periodontal splinting for weak teeth. Our wide variety of periodontal services will keep your teeth and gums healthy, improving the beauty of your smile. Contact Excel Dental today to schedule an appointment for your dental needs.

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