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If you want a healthy and attractive smile, it’s best to avoid gum recession.

Gum recession in Ladera Ranch, California, is a common dental issue that involves your gums moving away from your teeth. This causes tooth sensitivity and creates gum pockets that harbor bacteria and infection. It also takes the beauty away from your smile because it makes your teeth look much longer than natural. To help you prevent this dental issue, our Mission Ranch Dental Aesthetics team recommends doing the following things:

-Keep up on oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your smile at least once a day.

-As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently. In addition, make sure you’re brushing correctly. If you need help doing so, feel free to ask your dentist for tips.

-Visit your dentist every six months for a professional teeth-cleaning treatment. This treatment will remove the plaque and tartar that are irritating your gums.

-Correct your misaligned teeth if you have a crooked smile.

-Use techniques that help you stop your teeth-grinding habit.

-Quit using tobacco products, especially cigarettes.

-Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet.

-Keep track of any changes that happen to your mouth.

If you do happen to suffer from gum recession, there are many treatments available that can help you, including scaling and root planing, soft tissue grafts, and pinhole surgery. To learn more about these treatments or to find out if you’re a victim of gum recession, please feel free to call our office today at 949-388-6325 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Richard D. Guthrie. We are happy to help you!