Gum recession is often considered a normal part of aging. Even the expression “long in the tooth” stems from our gum line receding and exposing more of our teeth as we age.
However, there is nothing normal about gum recession. Luckily, for most of us it can be prevented.
Though there are a host of factors that contribute to the erosion of your gumline, a vast majority are preventable.
The Biggest Offenders
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Over-vigorous, or improper brushing
- Aggressive flossing
- Exposure to acids in sports and energy drinks
- Tobacco use
- The frequent use of whitening products
All the above causes of gum loss can be prevented.