Enough cannot be said about the importance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy with good oral hygiene at home. Bacteria live in the mouth every day and it needs to be removed with a toothbrush, floss and tongue scraper at least twice a day or else it will grow and hide beneath the gums and between the teeth and destroy soft tissue. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle motion. Harsh brushing can also damage your gums and ruin their appearance.
Gum disease causes gum recession and the longer you wait to have it treated, the worse it will get. Only a dental professional can remove the tarter and bacteria from your mouth using special tools and techniques. Dr. Williams has gentle gum disease treatment option to remove bacteria and restore health to your gums.
Bruxism puts great stress on the gum line and oftentimes patients are unaware they are even doing it, because in many cases it happens during sleep. A dental exam with Dr. Williams will determine if bruxism is at fault, and if it is he can provide a night guard to protect your teeth and gums.
Crooked, fractured, misaligned and otherwise flawed teeth can give you a poor bite and create pressure on gums. Correcting tooth problems will lessen your chance of developing gum recession.
Tobacco escalates the formation of plaque which is what causes gum disease. Stop using it and lower your risk.
Putting jewelry in the mouth permanently can lead to gum problems down the road.