When you look good, you feel good and a confident smile is part of that. Healthy teeth come in a variety of shades of white and yellow, but should always be supported by firm, pink gums that do not bleed. Preventing gum disease, and the resulting gum recession, is key to keeping your teeth!
Gums Protect Your Roots
Dentin is the primary material in tooth roots. It is softer than enamel and more porous. Tooth roots need gum tissue for protection against bacteria, acidic foods and beverages, even changing temperature. When dentin is exposed due to gum recession, sensitivity increases, root cavities develop easily and tooth loss becomes likely. Regular dental care is the most important way to protect your mouth from the effects of gum recession. It’s natural for all of us to experience a bit of gum recession as we age, but dental disasters are preventable by brushing and flossing daily, as well as by keeping your appointments with the Placerville Dental Group.
At home, use toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride to help remineralize dentin and keep it strong. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush to gently brush teeth and preserve gums. Limit sugar in foods and drinks to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Our Placerville family dentists also apply fluoride at semi-annual cleanings for extra protection against root cavities.
Do your best to prevent gum recession! A little prevention now limits the chances that oral surgery is needed to repair gums. Contact us today to schedule your cleaning and exam. Then enjoy the confidence that comes from a healthy smile.