When brushing or flossing, have you noticed a difference in your gums? Are they bleeding or are they beginning to pull away from your teeth? Receding gums can be one of the first signs of gum disease, and this is a symptom that should not be ignored. Notifying your dentist is a one of the first things you should do when noticing an issue with your gums, but what can do you to stop your gums from receding?

Don’t brush too hard- if you brush too hard or the wrong way, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and recede.

Professional cleanings every 6 months- inadequate brushing and flossing can leave behind tartar, and tartar will eat away at your gums. That’s why it is so important to have this professionally removed every 6 months by your dentist, and daily brushing and flossing will keep the tartar level build up down.

Do not use tobacco products- Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove, which can cause gum recession.

Correct bad habits- Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.

It’s also important to note that some women’s gums recede due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, and some people are more susceptible to gum disease because of their genes as periodontal disease is hereditary. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums goes a long way in the fight against gum disease. Make it a habit to brush after every meal and floss twice a day.