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Receding Gums Won't Grow Back: Ways to Keep the Gums Firmly in Place
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If you have had receding gums, you probably know that no matter how hard you try to maintain proper oral hygiene, they will not grow back. This is true and a dentist can tell you that after gums have started receding, there is no way they will get back to their healthy form without treatment. As pleasant as it may be to have the soft tissues get back into their initial position after practicing good oral hygiene, the harsh reality is they are not going to. Instead, you have to devise a treatment plan with a dentist which often includes a surgical procedure to place new tissue over the receded gum areas.

Often, the most important thing to do about receding gums is to ensure that they remain firmly in place so that they don't pull back. Gum recession, at times, can arise from aging, but other things could also cause receding gums such as smoking. If you want to ensure the gums are firm in their position, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that gently cleans the teeth. Hard bristled toothbrushes can damage and irritate the gums, often causing them to start pulling back.

When flossing, make sure that you use the correct technique in order to avoid damaging the gums. If you grind your teeth, wear a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth, and if you smoke, quit the habit. It is also important that you avoid using your teeth as a tool to open packages because the odds of damaging the gums while doing this are high. Ensure you rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash formulated to combat gum disease.

And seeing our dentist every six months is crucial because you need regular checkups and cleanings.

Should I Try Charcoal Whitening?
You probably know that food-grade activated charcoal is safe to consume if you are in reasonable health and not taking medications likely to interact with it. Charcoal whitening, however, involves spitting out the charcoal instead of swallowing it. Therefore, it may be considered a safe method for whitening teeth because it is unlikely to bring any harm to the body.

But you need to understand that there does not exist much research behind the technique of charcoal whitening trends. While anecdotal evidence tends to claim that the technique works, the results may vary. Additionally, charcoal whitening can only remove surface stains as well as mild yellowing. It won't get deep enough to get those stubborn stains or heavy yellowing off the teeth.

It is for this reason that we always recommend professional whitening at our dental office. Talk to us about your teeth whitening needs.

What Do Dental Cleanings Involve?
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Scheduling regular professional dental cleanings is one way to improve your oral health. The procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your dental health. It is usually done to achieve healthy teeth and gums. At our clinic, we will first examine your gums and teeth to ensure you have no problems. We will then use a small device known as a scaler to remove any plaque build-up that may be in between your teeth and at the sides of the gums.

After that, we will polish and floss your teeth and finally apply fluoride to strengthen and keep your teeth clean. After the procedure, you should expect some mild sensitivity, but it will soon disappear.

Call our dental clinic today to book your next dental cleaning procedure!

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Woods Family Dentistry | woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



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