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Gum recession is a condition that involves your gums being so irritated that they shrivel up and move away from the base of the teeth. This exposes the tooth roots, causes an unattractive smile, and even compromises the jawbone (if it gets bad enough). Typically, brushing too hard, plaque buildup, and the wrong oral hygiene tools can cause this condition. It’s best to stop it as soon as possible so you can prevent the consequences. Our dentist, Dr. Sarah Frye, encourages you to stop it by doing the following things:

-Use an electric toothbrush: An electric toothbrush can keep you from brushing too hard. This is because the brush does the brushing for you. All you need to do is slide the bristles across the teeth and let them do all the work. There is no scrubbing involved. Some brushes even have pressure sensors that tell you that you’re brushing too hard.

-Don’t use the wrong toothpaste: Gum recession can be caused by strong toothpastes, like whitening or tartar-control toothpaste. If your gums are extremely sensitive, then it’s best to just use regular fluoride toothpaste when you brush.

-Visit your dentist regularly: Visiting your dentist will allow you to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. This can help your gum recession because these two substances are enemies to the gums.

Call Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA today at 336.248.5057 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be happy to tell you all about gum recession in Lexington, North Carolina! We look forward to hearing from and helping you.