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How to Prevent Further Gum Recession

Dental TreatmentHave you noticed that your teeth appear a bit longer or more prominent than once before? Have your teeth felt more sensitive as of lately? If so, you may be suffering from what called gum recession.

Receding gums is often times an early sign of periodontal disease, and if left untreated, it can eventually lead to worsening oral health problems. However, there are a few things that you can to do prevent further gum recession.

But before your dentist can recommend any treatment they must know what caused your receding gums in the first place. There are a number of factors that can contribute to gum recession, including:

  • Brushing aggressively with a hard bristled toothbrush.
  • Inheriting susceptibility for thin gum tissue.
  • Misaligned teeth, which can lead to the crowding or spreading of teeth.
  • Cleaning and grinding of teeth.
  • Nervous habits like chewing on foreign objects or scratching your gums with foreign objects.
  • Having periodontal disease.

The following are tips to prevent further gum recession:

  • Make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
  • Only use soft-bristled toothbrushes.
  • Make sure you have a comfortable bite and have it professionally adjusted, if necessary.
  • Consider orthodontic treatments to properly align your teeth.
  • Wear a night guard to bed to prevent from clenching and grinding while you sleep.
  • Avoid tobacco products.
  • Abstain from chewing on foreign objects that cause gum recession.

The most practical way to prevent gum recession is to gently brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, while also visiting your dentist for regular cleanings every three months. If you feel that your gum recession is more severe, you should consider gum grafting or the Pinhole® Surgical Technique to cover your exposed roots.

If you’re seeking treatment to correct you receding gums, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit for additional information regarding treatments for gum recession.

Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York, Carlisleand all surrounding areas.